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Common Aricept Side Effects


The most commonly reported Aricept side effects (click to view or check a box to report):

Bradycardia (136)
Syncope (106)
Convulsion (92)
Fall (91)
Rhabdomyolysis (79)
Nausea (76)
Electrocardiogram Qt Prolonged (76)
Vomiting (75)
Depressed Level Of Consciousness (75)
Diarrhoea (63)
Altered State Of Consciousness (62)
Dizziness (57)
Loss Of Consciousness (56)
Sudden Death (56)
Delirium (53)
Asthenia (50)
Dehydration (47)
Torsade De Pointes (44)
Hallucination (43)
Pneumonia (43)

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If you or someone in your family has experienced a serious side effect to a health product, you are encouraged to report the experience to your health care professional (e.g. physician, pharmacist). You could also complete a copy of the side effect reporting form or report your side effect to FDA.

Aricept Side Effects Reported to FDA



Aricept Side Effect Report#9936862
Cerebrovascular Accident, Abnormal Behaviour, Syncope
This is a report of a 88-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: dementia, who was treated with Aricept (donepezil Hydrochloride) (dosage: NA, start time: 201208), combined with:
  • Evista (raloxifene)
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Cerebrovascular Accident, Abnormal Behaviour, Syncope after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Aricept (donepezil Hydrochloride) treatment in female patients, resulting in Cerebrovascular Accident side effect.
Aricept Side Effect Report#9936860
Anxiety, Paranoia, Agitation, Anger
This report suggests a potential Aricept (donepezil Hydrochloride) Anxiety side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 57-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: presenile dementia and used Aricept (donepezil Hydrochloride) (dosage: 5 Mg, 1 In 1 D, Oral) starting
Jun 21, 2012. After starting Aricept (donepezil Hydrochloride) the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Anxiety, Paranoia, Agitation, AngerAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA.The patient was hospitalized. Although Aricept (donepezil Hydrochloride) demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Anxiety, may still occur.
Aricept Side Effect Report#9936858
Cataract, Visual Impairment, Psoriasis
This Cataract problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 60-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On
Oct 22, 2008 this consumer started treatment with Aricept (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Enbrel
When using Aricept, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Cataract, Visual Impairment, PsoriasisAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Cataract, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Aricept Side Effect Report#9936856
This Death side effect was reported by a physician from US. A 68-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA.The patient was prescribed Aricept (donepezil Hydrochloride) (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Aricept (donepezil Hydrochloride) the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: These side effects may potentially be related to Aricept (donepezil Hydrochloride).
Aricept Side Effect Report#9936855
Syncope, Dysarthria, Disorientation, Gait Disturbance, Presyncope, Hallucination
This is a report of a 54-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: dementia alzheimer^s type,trisomy 21, who was treated with Aricept (donepezil Hydrochloride) (dosage: 5 Mg, 1 In 1 D, Oral, start time: NS), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Syncope, Dysarthria, Disorientation, Gait Disturbance, Presyncope, Hallucination after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Aricept (donepezil Hydrochloride) treatment in female patients, resulting in Syncope side effect. The patient was hospitalized.
Aricept Side Effect Report#9936853
Diarrhoea
This report suggests a potential Aricept (donepezil Hydrochloride) Diarrhoea side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 72-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: dementia alzheimer^s type and used Aricept (donepezil Hydrochloride) (dosage: NA) starting
Sep 26, 2012. After starting Aricept (donepezil Hydrochloride) the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: DiarrhoeaAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Aricept (donepezil Hydrochloride) demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Diarrhoea, may still occur.
Aricept Side Effect Report#9936850
This Death problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 94-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On NS this consumer started treatment with Aricept (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Aricept, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects:Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Death, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Aricept Side Effect Report#9934664
Altered State Of Consciousness
This Altered State Of Consciousness side effect was reported by a physician from JP. A 80-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: dementia alzheimer^s type.The patient was prescribed Aricept (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on
Jun 09, 2011. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Aricept the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Altered State Of ConsciousnessThese side effects may potentially be related to Aricept. The patient was hospitalized.
Aricept Side Effect Report#9924824
Dyspnoea, Palpitations, Respiratory Disorder, Cardiac Disorder
This is a report of a 74-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Aricept 10 Mg (dosage: 5mg 1st 4 Wks Increase To 10mg, Once Daily, start time:
Dec 02, 2013), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Dyspnoea, Palpitations, Respiratory Disorder, Cardiac Disorder after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Aricept 10 Mg treatment in female patients, resulting in Dyspnoea side effect. The patient was hospitalized.
Aricept Side Effect Report#9921777
Torsade De Pointes
This report suggests a potential Aricept Torsade De Pointes side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 81-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from Country Not Specified was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: dementia and used Aricept (dosage: NA) starting NS. After starting Aricept the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Torsade De PointesAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Vesicare
  • Pariet
  • Pranlukast
  • Urso
  • Promac
  • Livact
  • Bayaspirin
  • Magmitt
The patient was hospitalized. Although Aricept demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Torsade De Pointes, may still occur.
Aricept Side Effect Report#9828311
Sick Sinus Syndrome, Cardiac Failure
This Sick Sinus Syndrome problem was reported by a physician from JP. A 86-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: dementia alzheimer^s type. On
Jul 26, 2013 this consumer started treatment with Aricept (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Aricept, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Sick Sinus Syndrome, Cardiac FailureThe patient was hospitalized.Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Sick Sinus Syndrome, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Aricept Side Effect Report#9776226
Atrioventricular Block First Degree, Syncope
This Atrioventricular Block First Degree side effect was reported by a physician from JP. A 82-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: dementia alzheimer^s type.The patient was prescribed Aricept (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on
Jul 01, 2013. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Aricept the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Atrioventricular Block First Degree, SyncopeThese side effects may potentially be related to Aricept.
Aricept Side Effect Report#9776123
Delirium
This is a report of a 82-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from JP, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: dementia alzheimer^s type, who was treated with Aricept (dosage: NA, start time:
Sep 13, 2011), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Delirium after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Aricept treatment in female patients, resulting in Delirium side effect.
Aricept Side Effect Report#9746260
Electrocardiogram Qt Prolonged, Loss Of Consciousness
This report suggests a potential Aricept Electrocardiogram Qt Prolonged side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 64-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from JP was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Aricept (dosage: NA) starting
Aug 21, 2012. After starting Aricept the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Electrocardiogram Qt Prolonged, Loss Of ConsciousnessAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA.The patient was hospitalized. Although Aricept demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Electrocardiogram Qt Prolonged, may still occur.
Aricept Side Effect Report#9742279
Pneumonia Aspiration
This Pneumonia Aspiration problem was reported by a physician from JP. A 90-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: dementia alzheimer^s type. On
Jan 16, 2013 this consumer started treatment with Aricept (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Aricept, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Pneumonia AspirationThe patient was hospitalized.Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Pneumonia Aspiration, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Aricept Side Effect Report#9739162
Subdural Haematoma
This Subdural Haematoma side effect was reported by a physician from FR. A 64-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: dementia,atrial fibrillation,hypercholesterolaemia.The patient was prescribed Aricept (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Previscan (Adjusted For Inr Between 2 And 3)
  • Tahor (10mg)
  • Ebixa (20mg)
  • Mianserine Hydrochloride (15mg)
  • Risperdal (1mg)
  • Tareg (40mg)
  • Lasilix (40mg)
  • Cardensiel (2.5mg)
.After starting to take Aricept the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Subdural HaematomaThese side effects may potentially be related to Aricept. The patient was hospitalized.
Aricept Side Effect Report#9729179
Completed Suicide, Disorientation, Irritability, Agitation, Hallucination, Insomnia, Asthenia
This is a report of a 71-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from FR, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: dementia alzheimer^s type, who was treated with Aricept (dosage: NA, start time:
Oct 09, 2013), combined with:
  • Amlodipine
  • Exforge
  • Tareg 40mg
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Completed Suicide, Disorientation, Irritability, Agitation, Hallucination, Insomnia, Asthenia after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Aricept treatment in male patients, resulting in Completed Suicide side effect.
Aricept Side Effect Report#9693753
Pancytopenia
This report suggests a potential Aricept Pancytopenia side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 88-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from JP was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: dementia alzheimer^s type and used Aricept (dosage: NA) starting 201310. After starting Aricept the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: PancytopeniaAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Aricept demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Pancytopenia, may still occur.
Aricept Side Effect Report#9693402
Delirium
This Delirium problem was reported by a physician from FR. A 80-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: dementia alzheimer^s type. On
Apr 10, 2013 this consumer started treatment with Aricept (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Aricept, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: DeliriumThe patient was hospitalized.Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Delirium, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Aricept Side Effect Report#9682971
Delirium, Cerebral Infarction
This Delirium side effect was reported by a physician from JP. A 86-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: dementia alzheimer^s type,hypertension,dysuria.The patient was prescribed Aricept (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on
Oct 19, 2013. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Amlodin
  • Harnal
  • Vesicare
.After starting to take Aricept the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Delirium, Cerebral InfarctionThese side effects may potentially be related to Aricept. The patient was hospitalized.
Aricept Side Effect Report#9639846
Vomiting, Dehydration
This is a report of a 87-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: dementia alzheimer^s type, who was treated with Aricept (dosage: NA, start time:
Oct 14, 2013), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Vomiting, Dehydration after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Aricept treatment in female patients, resulting in Vomiting side effect.
Aricept Side Effect Report#9634130
Femur Fracture, Hepatic Function Abnormal
This report suggests a potential Aricept D Femur Fracture side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 91-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from JP was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: dementia alzheimer^s type and used Aricept D (dosage: 3 Mg, 1x/day) starting
Jul 02, 2013. After starting Aricept D the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Femur Fracture, Hepatic Function AbnormalAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA.The patient was hospitalized. Although Aricept D demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Femur Fracture, may still occur.
Aricept Side Effect Report#9617443
Panic Disorder, Tremor, Thirst, Persecutory Delusion, Aggression, Malaise, Abdominal Discomfort, Insomnia
This Panic Disorder problem was reported by a pharmacist from JP. A 87-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On
Dec 25, 2012 this consumer started treatment with Aricept (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Lipitor (10 Mg/day)
  • Takepron (15 Mg/day)
  • Amlodin Od (5 Mg/day)
  • Paxil Cr (12.5 Mg/day)
  • Minzain (0.25/day)
When using Aricept, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Panic Disorder, Tremor, Thirst, Persecutory Delusion, Aggression, Malaise, Abdominal Discomfort, InsomniaThe patient was hospitalized.Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Panic Disorder, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Aricept Side Effect Report#9580254
Tenosynovitis, C-reactive Protein Increased, Red Blood Cell Sedimentation Rate Increased, White Blood Cell Count Increased, Blood Alkaline Phosphatase Increased, Musculoskeletal Stiffness, Pain, Muscle Spasms, Alanine Aminotransferase Increased
This Tenosynovitis side effect was reported by a physician from SE. A 77-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: dementia alzheimer^s type.The patient was prescribed Aricept (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on 2013. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Aricept the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Tenosynovitis, C-reactive Protein Increased, Red Blood Cell Sedimentation Rate Increased, White Blood Cell Count Increased, Blood Alkaline Phosphatase Increased, Musculoskeletal Stiffness, Pain, Muscle Spasms, Alanine Aminotransferase IncreasedThese side effects may potentially be related to Aricept.
Aricept Side Effect Report#9563422
Myalgia, Muscle Spasms, Musculoskeletal Stiffness, Headache, Chest Pain, Abdominal Pain
This is a report of a 72-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Aricept (dosage: NA, start time:
Jul 24, 2013), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Myalgia, Muscle Spasms, Musculoskeletal Stiffness, Headache, Chest Pain, Abdominal Pain after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Aricept treatment in female patients, resulting in Myalgia side effect. The patient was hospitalized.


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The appearance of Aricept on this list does not mean that FDA has concluded that the drug has the listed risk. It means that FDA has identified a potential safety issue, but it does not mean that FDA has found a causal relationship between the drug and the listed risk.

What are common Aricept Side Effects for Women?

Women Side EffectsReports
Bradycardia 82
Syncope 67
Convulsion 66
Electrocardiogram Qt Prolonged 57
Fall 54
Nausea 54
Depressed Level Of Consciousness 47
Vomiting 46
Altered State Of Consciousness 43
Diarrhoea 41

What are common Aricept Side Effects for Men?

Men Side EffectsReports
Bradycardia 53
Rhabdomyolysis 52
Syncope 39
Fall 37
Pneumonia 37
Delirium 29
Dizziness 29
Vomiting 29
Depressed Level Of Consciousness 28
Arrhythmia 26

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    Aricept Safety Alerts, Active Ingredients, Usage Information

    NDC54868-3952
    TypeHUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG
    Proprietary NameAricept
    Namedonepezil hydrochloride
    Dosage FormTABLET, FILM COATED
    RouteORAL
    On market since20080509
    LabelerPhysicians Total Care, Inc.
    Active Ingredient(s)DONEPEZIL HYDROCHLORIDE
    Strength(s)5
    Unit(s)mg/1
    Pharma ClassCholinesterase Inhibitor [EPC],Cholinesterase Inhibitors [MoA]

    Aricept Dosage, Warnings, Usage.

    Side Effects reported to FDA: 1805

    Aricept safety alerts: No

    Reported deaths: 370

    Reported hospitalizations: 996

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