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Review: could Aricept cause Arm and leg movements - uncontrollable?

We study 14,902 people who have side effects while taking Aricept from FDA and social media. Among them, 43 have Arm and leg movements - uncontrollable. Find out below who they are, when they have Arm and leg movements - uncontrollable and more.

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Aricept (latest outcomes from 15,455 users) has active ingredients of donepezil hydrochloride. It is often used in memory loss.

Arm and leg movements - uncontrollable

Arm and leg movements - uncontrollable (latest reports from 59,587 patients) has been reported by people with indigestion, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, psychotic disorder.

On Jul, 13, 2014: 14,899 people reported to have side effects when taking Aricept. Among them, 43 people (0.29%) have Arm And Leg Movements - Uncontrollable. They amount to 0.07% of all the 59,570 people who have Arm And Leg Movements - Uncontrollable on eHealthMe.

Trend of Arm and leg movements - uncontrollable in Aricept reports

Time on Aricept when people have Arm and leg movements - uncontrollable * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Arm and leg movements - uncontrollable11.11%11.11%11.11%22.22%44.44%0.00%0.00%

Gender of people who have Arm and leg movements - uncontrollable when taking Aricept * :

Arm and leg movements - uncontrollable77.27%22.73%

Age of people who have Arm and leg movements - uncontrollable when taking Aricept * :

Arm and leg movements - uncontrollable0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%5.13%94.87%

Severity of Arm and leg movements - uncontrollable when taking Aricept ** :


How people recovered from Arm and leg movements - uncontrollable ** :


Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Dementia alzheimer's type (9 people, 20.93%)
  2. Dementia (4 people, 9.30%)
  3. Hallucination (3 people, 6.98%)
  4. Cognitive disorder (2 people, 4.65%)
  5. Depression (2 people, 4.65%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Risperdal (8 people, 18.60%)
  2. Zyprexa (6 people, 13.95%)
  3. Synthroid (5 people, 11.63%)
  4. Lexapro (5 people, 11.63%)
  5. Memantine hcl (5 people, 11.63%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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Comments from related studies:

  • From this study (6 days ago):

  • Aricept does not seem to help at all, complains of legs being tired and weak. Will try to wean off


  • From this study (1 week ago):

  • sylvia on Oct, 7, 2013:

    Yes i got better as soon as I was taken off of it with Benydryl but I wasn't on it for more then a week


    sylvia on Oct, 9, 2012:

    55 years old female -august 2012 took zoloft- went to ER Milwaukee Wi muscles in back twiitching causing both arms to move-nobody at the ER knew what was going on they thought it was anxiety or a stoke finally after so many tests a Dr asked this started after you took Zoloft i stfated yes- she then decided to give me benidryl which within 5 minutes i could see a difference-Another Dr said I never saw a reaction like this with Zoloft-Well it happened to me the release said Dystronic Drug reaction


    ambrose on Dec, 1, 2012:

    The same thing happened to me. The doubled my dose of Zoloft and then I ended up in the ER and then a pych ward. They said it was a dystonic reaction between sertraline and lortadine. 26yr old female (25 at the time)


    Krystal on Jun, 21, 2013:

    Also 26 y/o female, got Zoloft for Generalized Anxiety Disorder, took a 100mg tablet at 10:00 pm, by 4am I was in the hospital with dystonia, uncontrolled shaking and movements, nausea, vomiting,, loss of conciousness, and of course, anxiety. ER doctor gave me Ativan but that just caused memory loss, loss of coordination, confusion, and weakness. That whole incident happened nearly 3 days ago and I'm still on bedrest, can't do too much without feeling like I need to sit because my legs stop working.


    Krystal on Sep, 12, 2013:

    In response to Lisa from my previous comment: Yes I am much better, It was about 5 days after the incident that I started feeling normal again. I was diagnosed with severe panic disorder, and was told that my reaction to the Zoloft (sertraline) was a 1 in 10,000 chance. Lucky me.


    lisa on Sep, 8, 2013:

    I was wondering if any of you got better so far?


    AMB for Valerie on Jun, 25, 2014:

    In reading these comments my heart is filled with so many emotions. I can personally relate because my sister suffered from dystonia for many years. She was inin her late twenties when she too was prescribed zoloft after completing a stress test.....her life was never the same. Yes the initialy ER visit with unexplained medical symptoms lead to some very painful experiences at the hospitals. Doctors and medical staff without a clue and honest admission by asking "what's dystonia" never heard of it before. Regrettably, my sister who shares in the experiences as the others; did not have the prompt medical response because abilify was not even available and the lack of knowledge of this disorder was the greatest tragedy.

    My sister was a healthy, in her late 20's, black women. She had generalized dystonia in that it seemly affected so many areas: eyelids, neck, feet, arms, hands, speech and stomach area. As treatment she had a baclafin pump and botox injections. My most sincere hope is that no other person suffers the way my sister did.....please educate doctors and nurses everywhere!


  • From this study (4 weeks ago):

  • kort on Jun, 6, 2014:

    Im 19 and 3 days after taking saphris every night i had a serious distonic reaction causing jaw spasms, neck spasms and moved to my airwaves. i was home alone and could bearly breath. a ambulance was called by my mother who was out of town and i was rushed to the ER. when the ambulance arrived i was on the floor bearly able to breath. it has triggered many panic attacks however had no lasting impact from the reaction.


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