Aricept (generic name: Donepezil) is a centrally acting reversible acetylcholinesterase inhibitor.
Aricept is indicated for the treatment of mild, moderate and severe Alzheimer's disease, also called dementia of the Alzheimer's type.
Aricept is the #1 prescribed Alzheimer's medication and the only treatment proven effective for all stages of Alzheimer's.
Studies showed that Aricept slows the progression of Alzheimer's symptoms:
It improves cognition, which may include effects on memory.
It slows the loss of overall function, which may include effects on everyday tasks.
Aricept also helped most with things like:
Using the phone
Doing household chores
Managing money without help
Aricept improves the function of nerve cells in the brain. It works by preventing the breakdown of a chemical called acetylcholine. People with dementia usually have lower levels of this chemical, which is important for the processes of memory, thinking, and reasoning.
Aricept is not addictive.