For most people, donepezil is quite effective in treating the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. It is also generally well tolerated. Side effects can occur, however, and people may wish to consider a substitute for donepezil. These substitutes could include other acetylcholinesterase inhibitors or other medications used in the treatment of Alzheimer's.
People who take too much donepezil may experience the following symptoms:
Donepezil should be stored at room temperature in a tightly closed container. It should be protected from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places.
Throw away any unused medication after the expiration date. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist how you should dispose of donepezil.
Keep donepezil and all medications out of the reach of children.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
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