When my husband was put on 5mg of Aricept in May, the consultant suggested taking it in the evening, after a meal.
Instructions that come with the medication itself, suggest that it is best taken at bedtime.
My husband is managing quite well with remembering to take his Aricept after his evening meal and is having no major side effects from the medication (he does get tired more quickly than he used to, but the consultant says fatigue is not likely to be caused by the aricept as it isn't a sedative). I am not sure why she thinks fatigue is not a symptom as it clearly lists it as a possible side-effect though!
Anyway, I was just wondering if anybody else administers/takes Aricept at any other time other than bedtime - or if there is a reason they know of as to why bedtime is suggested as the best time on the instructions?
Memory-wise, taking the Aricept does not appear to have had any affect on my husband's condition (not that we would ever really know I guess).
It is just playing on my mind a bit that by taking it earlier in the evening with a meal and going to bed later, he is actually sleeping through any period of time when we might otherwise see a definite benefit from taking it?
Maybe by taking it at bedtime, it would start to 'kick in' around the time he would be getting up in the morning, and therefore show a more noticeable benefit?
Sorry to ramble - just wondering if anybody else has found a good time of day/night for Aricept or if they been advised to take it at a particular time for a reason?