Trouble with Aricept

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  1. brucebradford

    brucebradford Registered User

    May 16, 2015
    8
    Nottingham
    I am newly diagnosed with Early Alzheimer's and have been put on Aricept. Been taking the low dose for about 3-4 weeks now. I am having trouble with very painful leg cramps when lying in bed at night. Tensing or flexing the leg makes it far, far worse and I try to lie still until it goes away and I get off to sleep. I think my circulation has been affected too as my feet are like ice. I use a hot water bottle which helps a lot. Also, I have balance problems when I get up, and mild nausea. I've noticed a dull headache which lasts all day as well. Paracetamol helps. The memory clinic intend to double the dose in a few weeks time, which worries me.

    Can anybody tell me if I can hope to be free of these unpleasant symptoms eventually?

    Thank you. :)
     
  2. Rageddy Anne

    Rageddy Anne Registered User

    Feb 21, 2013
    5,984
    Cotswolds
    Hello brucebradford. I'm not an expert but just saying hello and welcome. There will certainly be some helpful advice along soon from people with experience....
    My husband was diagnosed ages ago with Alzheimer's, and we've found this is a good place to exchange ideas and even make friends.
    :)
     
  3. brucebradford

    brucebradford Registered User

    May 16, 2015
    8
    Nottingham
    Thank you!

    Nice to get my first reply! :) This is all new to me, and rather frightening. I watched my mother suffer for many years with Alzheimer's, and it was a very sad and emotional experience for me. To then discover some years later I had the same illness came as a dreadful shock! I'm sure this forum will, over time, be a help to my wife and myself. :)
     
  4. nitram

    nitram Registered User

    Apr 6, 2011
    19,233
    Male
    North Manchester
    Everybody reacts differently, I would tell your GP and/or memory clinic of your symptoms.

    I would not wait for the next appointment.
     
  5. jaymor

    jaymor Volunteer Moderator

    Jul 14, 2006
    12,547
    Female
    England
    Before you agree to the increase in dosage please tell your doctor of the problems you are experiencing. My husband took Aricept for years and suffered no side effects. He did have cramp but he had suffered with cramp for years before his diagnosis.
     
  6. brucebradford

    brucebradford Registered User

    May 16, 2015
    8
    Nottingham
    Thank you. I will give that some thought. Spoke to my GP recently, and he said it will go in time! :(
     
  7. brucebradford

    brucebradford Registered User

    May 16, 2015
    8
    Nottingham
    :)
    Thank you for that. Perhaps I am just unlucky. I will think about what you've said. :)
     
  8. Kevinl

    Kevinl Registered User

    Aug 24, 2013
    4,776
    Salford
    Hi Bruce
    Cramps are one of the possible reactions to Aricept (I've put a link to the factsheet below) where it says "...muscle cramps may occur as your body adjusts to the drug. These effects usually last 1-3 weeks and then lessen. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly".
    As you've been taking it for 3 to 4 weeks it might be time to discuss this with your GP if it goes on much longer.
    We've discussed it on here before Aricept versus Donepezil, same thing but one is branded the other is generic, although they are the same active ingredient Donepezil Hydrochloride the excipients used are different. Excipients is today's big word but it's the technical name for the none active ingredients these may be: colours, preservatives, bulking agents, binders and so on and it seems that some people react to Donepezil but not Aricept and vice versa, it may be this or it could be the active ingredient in which case you'll need to be put on a different medication, there are options to Aricept. Hope this helps.
    K
     
  9. brucebradford

    brucebradford Registered User

    May 16, 2015
    8
    Nottingham
    Hi Kevin. Thanks for the helpful reply. I now realise I should have said Donepezil as that is the brand I'm taking. Lots to think about there - thank you. I probably need to contact the memory clinic next week and have a chat. My GP seems to be of the opinion that the side effects will go if I give it a bit longer. Cheers! B


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  10. Kevinl

    Kevinl Registered User

    Aug 24, 2013
    4,776
    Salford
  11. jackanory

    jackanory Registered User

    May 10, 2011
    17
    problems with aracept

    i have been on arracept for tow years now have been coping fine have good days and bad more good .My three sisters have same problem we found out it was in our genes, i found out throurgh a brain scan dont ignore symtons doris
     
  12. brucebradford

    brucebradford Registered User

    May 16, 2015
    8
    Nottingham
    Hi Doris, thanks for the reply. That's interesting to note. I'll mention that to my consultant next week. All the best, Bruce


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  13. Brannybob

    Brannybob Registered User

    Jun 20, 2013
    24
    UK
    My hubby is on the same drug, he had bad cramps saw his GP and now has quinine every night, this really helped him, hope this info has helped you
     
  14. brucebradford

    brucebradford Registered User

    May 16, 2015
    8
    Nottingham
    That's worth thinking about, thank you. My cramps returned this morning after a few nights relief, so I will mention that next week when I ring my consultant. Many thanks for the tip! Bruce


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