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This group supports families and caregivers of patients with Alzheimer's. It provides news and tips on its Web site. There are almost 300 local chapters. Each chapter may help people find the help they need. The Association also hosts support groups in many areas.
Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center
This government Web site is funded by the National Institute on Aging. It has information, news and updates on Alzheimer's issues, including diagnosis, treatment, and care. You may also find advice on caregiving and long-term care.
Alzheimer's Foundation of America: Caregiving tips
This group provides support and tips for successful caregiving of patients with Alzheimer's.
This government resource helps older people and caregivers find the support services they need in their area.
Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA)
The FCA offers support for those who care for adults with Alzheimer's and other special needs.
Family Caregiving 101
Family Caregiving 101 helps with answers, new ideas, and advice. It is a resource for you and your loved one.
Alzheimer's Foundation of America
Learn more about Alzheimer's and caregiving on the AFA Web site.
The National Institute on Aging Information Center
This government site offers a wide range of information on health and aging.
The Simon Foundation for Continence
This group helps people who have problems with incontinence. It also provides support to those who manage their care.
Well Spouse Foundation
Well Spouse is a membership group that supports the wives, husbands, and partners of the ill or disabled.
The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
This branch of law focuses on the needs of older people. Here, you can find a listing of elder law attorneys in your area.
A government program that pays for medical assistance for certain people and families with low incomes and resources.
A federal health insurance program for people age 65 and older and for those with disabilities.
American Association for Retired People (AARP)
This nonprofit group has tools, tips, and resources on a broad range of topics. Here, you may find a listing of financial advisors and other experts on a variety of topics of concern.
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ARICEPT® (donepezil HCl) is a prescription medicine to treat mild, moderate, and severe Alzheimer's disease.
Before starting on ARICEPT 23 mg/day, patients should be on ARICEPT 10 mg/day for at least 3 months. The starting dose of ARICEPT is 5 mg/day and can be increased to 10 mg/day after 4–6 weeks. Please take ARICEPT as prescribed by the doctor.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
ARICEPT is not for everyone, including people who are allergic to any ingredients in ARICEPT or to medicines that contain piperidines.
Tell the doctor if your loved one takes nonprescription or prescription medicines, including those used to treat Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease; anticholinergic medicines, such as allergy or cold medicine; medicines to treat bladder or bowel spasms; or certain asthma medicines.
ARICEPT may cause slow heartbeat and fainting. This happens more often in people with heart problems. Call the doctor right away if the patient faints while taking ARICEPT. People may also have seizures while taking ARICEPT. They may also have difficulty passing urine. Lung problems, including asthma, may worsen with the use of ARICEPT. Tell the doctor that the patient takes ARICEPT before they have any procedure that may require anesthesia, including dental and medical procedures or surgery.
People at risk for stomach ulcers or who take certain other medicines, such as aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), should tell their doctor because serious stomach problems, such as bleeding, may get worse.
In a study, more side effects were seen with ARICEPT 23 mg than with ARICEPT 10 mg. Many more people taking ARICEPT 23 mg experienced nausea and vomiting than those taking ARICEPT 10 mg. These side effects may get better after the patient takes ARICEPT for a while. Other side effects that were seen more often with ARICEPT 23 mg were stomach ulcers, gastrointestinal bleeding, and weight loss. People of lower weight (less than 121 lbs) may have increased nausea, vomiting, and weight loss when taking ARICEPT 23 mg.
Other side effects of ARICEPT may include diarrhea, difficulty sleeping, vomiting, or muscle cramps. Some people may feel tired or may have loss of appetite.