Loading discussion content. Please wait...
I Have Alzheimer’s or Another Dementia
Alternate to Aricept and excelon
Is the problem with Aricept GI upset? If so, try lactose free diet.
It is a good idea to discuss this with your doctor.
Galantamine is the other medication that was recommended to me. I could not tolerate the other meds and after all I went through with the meds I'm afraid to take the Galantamine as well.
The four drugs currently approved for Alzheimer's disease are Aricept, Exelon, Galantamine and Namenda. Galanatamine unfortunately has several potential side effects including nausea, headaches, and a slow or irregular heart beat.
There are several drugs currently being tested for Alzheimer's disease, but the results so far have either been largely negative or too early in the process to tell if the results will be positive.
They all have side effects which are
different for each of us. I take Galanatamine and have none that I am aware of.
What may work for one person may not work for another. It is in important to
try them all and combinations to see which is the right fit. If you see improvement
in 3-4 weeks keep taking it. If not its probably not helping you. They don’t
work for 50% of the folks.
I am new to this message board.. I was on Aricept since 2007 and had no problems with the med although memory has gotten much worse in the last 6 months, and yesterday I just started taking Exelon generic (rivasstigmine patch 9.5 mg) along with Aricept and am miserable with all the side effects--stomach upset, diarrhea, weak and feeling terrible... doctor told me stop Aricept today and to use the BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast) but still feel pretty rotten.. It has only been two days tho.. any idea how long this "misery" will last? Any help will be greatly appreciated..
Welcome, Jodi. You should never take Aricept and Exelon patch together. They are the same class of medication. You were giving yourself a double dose of medication! How long were you taking a double dosage? You must keep the prescribing doctor aware of your response to the double dosage. If things get worse, you will have to go to the Emergency Room.
I hope when you feel better, you will return and tell us more about yourself. Can you let us know your treatment plan?
Jodi, I am glad your doctors are closely following you. You might think about asking them about adding Namenda, which has been shown to improve functioning in conjunction with Aricept or Exelon. I myself have been on Exelon patch and Namenda since 2009 with improvement.
I was a pediatrician in my career days, so I am very familiar with the BRAT diet. One of our members, Mimi S., also suggests a lactose-free diet for gi disturbances with Aricept or Exelon.
Have you and your family had genetic testing? One of our members, Myriam, is in a family with the presenelin 1 gene abnormality. If you go back about two years in this board, you may find some of her threads where she discusses this.
non pharmacological alternative to Aricept (donepezil) is Huperzine-A
(Chinese club moss). Its intended to perform in the same way as
donepezil without nasty side effects but is considered a supplement
since you don't need a prescription. My first Mass General
neurologist (who was of Japanese descent) who diagnosed my Younger
Onset Alzheimer's had asked me if I had tried it (which I had) since
I was into that sort of thing. After I halted my Alzheimer's
progression, verified by MRIs, the doctor at Mass General changed
their diagnosis to only Mild Cognitive Impairment, I asked to wean
off donepezil and go back to Huperzine-A. They agreed it would be
fine. Of course this treatment alternative was after I had removed
my mercury dental fillings and did nine months of mercury detox which
reversed my Alzheimer's. I have more info on this at my blog