Denepizal - importance of taking at bedtime

Discussion in 'Recently diagnosed and early stages of dementia' started by Richierich, Mar 15, 2015.

  1. Richierich

    Richierich Registered User

    Mar 6, 2013
    17
    My mum goes to bed any time between 6.30 and 9.30. How important is it that she takes her tablet just before bed as I don't want her to miss it by leaving it too late and then finding that she has gone to bed?

    Thanks


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  2. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
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    I don't think it matters much whether you give Donepezil in the morning or evening as long as it's at roughly the same time every day.
     
  3. Sammyjo1

    Sammyjo1 Registered User

    Jul 8, 2014
    194
    I think they need to be taken in the evening, probably just before going to bed as they can cause hallucinations. I'm not an expert in this and it's worth checking with her GP


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  4. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
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    I've read of people taking it in the morning and read leaflets mentioning both but I have googled a bit and also found this: https://www.caring.com/questions/why-is-aricept-given-in-the-evening
    So I guess evening is the safer option. I'd say it's more important she takes it at all then what time exactly so maybe give it to her around 6.30pm every day?
     
  5. Spamar

    Spamar Registered User

    Oct 5, 2013
    6,838
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    OH h always taken it in morning, since he started several years ago. Just as well he did, he rarely has an evening meal now! Never noticed any ill effects.
     
  6. Deputypink

    Deputypink Registered User

    Aug 4, 2013
    44
    Dad takes it at 3.30 - appears to help with the shouting out !
     
  7. Richierich

    Richierich Registered User

    Mar 6, 2013
    17
    Thank you everyone that's been really helpful. It can be hard to do what's best without causing more hassle/ stress :)


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  8. twinklyJules

    twinklyJules Registered User

    Feb 18, 2015
    7
    Hello,
    My mum is taking donepezil.
    She started by taking it at night and found she suffered from the most awful insomnia!
    - down to only sleeping a couple of hours a night !
    When she switched to taking it after breakfast the problem went away.
    Good luck !
     

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