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A study for a 69 year old man who takes Aricept - from FDA reports

2,556 males aged 69 (±5) who take the same drug are studied. This is a personalized study for a 69 year old male patient who has Lewy Body Dementia. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA.

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On Feb, 11, 2019

2,556 males aged 69 (±5) who take Aricept are studied.

Number of reports submitted per year:

Aricept for a 69-year old man.

Information of the patient in this study:

  • Age: 69
  • Gender: male
  • Conditions: Lewy Body Dementia
  • Drugs taken:
    • Aricept (donepezil hydrochloride)

eHealthMe real world results:

Most common side effects over time

< 1 month:
  1. Dizziness
  2. Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
  3. Rashes (redness)
  4. Hypotension (abnormally low blood pressure)
  5. Abdominal discomfort
  6. Depressed level of consciousness
  7. Eye irritation
  8. Oedema peripheral (superficial swelling)
  9. Respiratory acidosis (respiratory failure or ventilatory failure, causes the ph of blood and other bodily fluids to decrease)
  10. Bladder discomfort
1 - 6 months:
  1. Fever
  2. Cardiac arrest
  3. Necrotising fasciitis (an uncommon life-threatening soft-tissue infection)
  4. Loss of consciousness
  5. Stroke (sudden death of a portion of the brain cells due to a lack of oxygen)
  6. Fall
  7. Cerebral infarction (less blood supply to brain resulting tissue damage)
  8. Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
  9. Confusional state
  10. Diarrhea
6 - 12 months:
  1. Dizziness
  2. Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
  3. Headache (pain in head)
  4. Diarrhea
  5. Rashes (redness)
  6. Eye irritation
  7. Oedema peripheral (superficial swelling)
  8. Urine flow decreased
  9. Urination - painful
  10. Gait disturbance
1 - 2 years:
  1. Rhabdomyolysis (a condition in which damaged skeletal muscle tissue breaks down)
  2. Hyperthermia malignant (disease passed down through families that causes a fast rise in body temperature (fever) and severe muscle contractions)
  3. Cardiac arrest
  4. Fall
  5. Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (a life-threatening neurological disorder most often caused by an adverse reaction to neuroleptic or antipsychotic agents)
  6. Convulsion (muscles contract and relax rapidly and repeatedly, resulting in an uncontrolled shaking of the body)
  7. Bradycardia (abnormally slow heart action)
  8. Hepatic encephalopathy (spectrum of neuropsychiatric abnormalities in patients with liver failure)
  9. Hyperkalemia (damage to or disease of the kidney)
  10. Body height decreased
2 - 5 years:
  1. Confusional state
  2. Liver disorder (liver diseases)
  3. Dehydration (dryness resulting from the removal of water)
  4. Fainting (loss of consciousness and postural tone)
  5. Malaise (a feeling of general discomfort or uneasiness)
  6. Sick sinus syndrome (a collection of heart rhythm disorders)
  7. Musculoskeletal disorder (disease of the body's muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and nerves)
  8. Loss of consciousness
  9. Cerebral haemorrhage (bleeding within the brain)
  10. Depressed level of consciousness
5 - 10 years:
  1. Gout (uric acid crystals building up in the body)
  2. Diabetes
  3. Pneumonia aspiration (bronchopneumonia that develops due to the entrance of foreign materials into the bronchial tree)
  4. Pancreatitis (inflammation of pancreas)
  5. Depression
  6. Transient ischaemic attack (a transient episode of neurologic dysfunction caused by ischemia (loss of blood flow))
  7. Gravitational oedema (abnormally large fluid volume in the circulatory system makes obese)
  8. Hyperuricaemia (level of uric acid in the blood that is abnormally high)
  9. Cellulitis (infection under the skin)
  10. Stress and anxiety
10+ years:
  1. Physical assault
  2. Aggression
not specified:
  1. Confusional state
  2. Dizziness
  3. Fall
  4. Weakness
  5. Agitation (state of anxiety or nervous excitement)
  6. Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
  7. Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)
  8. Drug ineffective
  9. Death
  10. Hyperhidrosis (abnormally increased sweating)

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  1. Dementia Alzheimer's Type (loss of mental ability with alzheimer's symptom): 410 people, 16.04%
  2. Parkinson's Disease : 247 people, 9.66%
  3. High Blood Pressure : 151 people, 5.91%
  4. High Blood Cholesterol : 97 people, 3.79%
  5. Atrial Fibrillation/flutter (atrial fibrillation and flutter are abnormal heart rhythms in which the atria, or upper chambers of the heart, are out of sync with the ventricles): 91 people, 3.56%
  6. Hallucinations (sensations that appear real but are created by your mind): 88 people, 3.44%
  7. Diabetes : 81 people, 3.17%
  8. Depression : 79 people, 3.09%
  9. Delusion (a false belief or opinion): 74 people, 2.90%
  10. Pain : 65 people, 2.54%

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  1. Namenda (275 people, 10.76%)
  2. Aspirin (196 people, 7.67%)
  3. Plavix (160 people, 6.26%)
  4. Seroquel (158 people, 6.18%)
  5. Nuplazid (146 people, 5.71%)
  6. Metformin (141 people, 5.52%)
  7. Sinemet (120 people, 4.69%)
  8. Lipitor (120 people, 4.69%)
  9. Lasix (115 people, 4.50%)
  10. Risperdal (111 people, 4.34%)

* Some reports may have incomplete information.

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