Aricept side effects

Q: My parents just started taking Aricept. My father told me that my mom has been hollering in her sleep. And he said, he gets bad dreams, and when he’s awake, his head feels swollen and feels tingling. Could these problems be related to the drug?

A: Aricept is a drug used to treat Alzheimer’s disease. It can have many side effects, including nightmares. You and your parents should discuss with their doctor the problems they are having with the medication. Dementia from Alzheimer’s is progressive so early planning and care giver involvement with the treating physician is important.

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