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Q: Can Aricept make Dementia /Alzheimer's worse or advanced?

Can Aricept make Dementia /Alzheimer's worse or advanced?

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Dorian Martin, Health Guide
6/19/08 8:25am

Hi, LID,


I'm not a medical doctor, but it seemed that Aricept helped slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease in my mother's case. However, she did continually get worse, so Aricept didn't totally stop Alzheimer's.


If you have concerns, I'd suggest that you contact the primary care physician to make sure that the dosage is correct and to see if there are other issues involved.


Take care!



NC, Community Member
6/19/08 10:13am

Aricept definitely helps Alzheimer's. If you get worse by taking it, it is due to the side effect. My father-in-law could not take aricept because it made him lost his appetite.

So if your relative gets sicker taking it, it is due to the side effect.

Aricept, Namenda or Excelon only helps the ALzheimer's patients to improve their symptoms a little bit - not delaying that much but maybe 6 months so that the caregivers can also have easier time.


To say aricept makes it worse is not correct.





Sue, Community Member
6/26/08 2:16pm

Thanks for your question.  I thought you might be interested in reading our material on Aricept:


Donepezil is used to treat mild to moderate confusion (dementia) related to Alzheimer's disease. It does not cure Alzheimer's disease, but it may improve memory, awareness, and the ability to function. This medication is an enzyme blocker that works by restoring the balance of natural substances (neurotransmitters) in the brain.

All the best, sue (moderator)
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