donepezil (oral) (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking donepezil (Aricept, Aricept ODT)?
Do not take this medication if you are allergic to donepezil.
Before taking donepezil, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:
If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take donepezil.
FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether donepezil passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I take donepezil (Aricept, Aricept ODT)?
Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
If you need to have any type of surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are taking donepezil. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.
Donepezil can be taken with or without food or milk.
Take the donepezil regular tablets with a full glass of water.
To take donepezil orally disintegrating tablet (Aricept ODT):
Donepezil is usually taken at bedtime. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Store donepezil at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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