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COGNIDEP 5

Cognidep-5mg Tablet 15’s belongs to the group of medicines called ‘anti-Alzheimer’s drug’, primarily indicated in the treatment of dementia of the Alzheimer’s disease.

In Alzheimer’s disease, the brain cells degenerate and die, which causes a gradual decline in behavioural and social skills and thinking ability (dementia), which affects a person’s ability to function independently. The signs include confusion, increasing memory loss, and behavioural changes.

Cognidep-5mg Tablet 15’s contains Donepezil that falls in the category of drugs called acetylcholinesterase inhibitors. This drug increases the levels of a substance (acetylcholine) in the brain, which is involved in improving memory functioning by slowing down the breakdown of acetylcholine (a substance that allows nerves to communicate and important for normal brain functioning).

Take Cognidep-5mg Tablet 15’s with or without a meal, every day as suggested by your doctor. A person taking Cognidep-5mg Tablet 15’s may experience some undesirable effects of this medicine like insomnia, diarrhoea, muscle cramps, vomiting, fatigue, weight loss, and nausea.

This happens because the body is adjusting to the new medicine. If a person notices severe side effects of medicine like dizziness, constipation, drowsiness, fainting, frequent urination, headache, joint pain, mental depression, and pain, or if side effects do not go within a couple of days, then they need to consult with the doctor immediately.

A person cannot take Cognidep-5mg Tablet 15’s if they are hypersensitive to any of the components present in this medicine. A person facing medical conditions like a heart rhythm disorder, a stomach ulcer, urination problems, asthma or other breathing disorder, seizure, and liver or kidney disease need to tell their doctor before taking this medicine.

A woman who is pregnant or breastfeeding needs to tell their doctor before taking this medicine. This medicine should be prescribed with caution in patients having a history of asthma or obstructive pulmonary disease.

Uses of Cognidep-5mg Tablet 15’s

Alzheimer’s disease

Medicinal Benefits

Cognidep-5mg Tablet 15’s belongs to the category of the acetylcholinesterase inhibitors, prescribed for treating the symptoms of dementia in persons having mild and moderately severe Alzheimer’s disease.

Cognidep-5mg Tablet 15’s works by helping the nerve cells communicate with each other by increasing acetylcholine levels in the brain. It stops the breakdown of acetylcholine in the brain, which is an important substance that is responsible for nerve communication. By doing so it helps a person to live a normal life.

Directions for Use

A person should take Cognidep-5mg Tablet 15’s daily at the same time as prescribed by their doctor.

Storage

Store in a cool and dry place away from sunlight

Side Effects of Cognidep-5mg Tablet 15’s

Along with its desired effects, Cognidep-5mg Tablet 15’s may cause unpleasant effects. Although not all persons notice these side effects and even some side effects do not require medical attention.

The common side effects of Cognidep-5mg Tablet 15’s include diarrhoea, loss of appetite, muscle cramps, nausea, trouble in sleeping, unusual tiredness or weakness, and vomiting. Check with the doctor as soon as possible if you notice any severe side effects or if these effects do not go with time.

COGNIDEP 5 contains Donepezil which belongs to a group of medicines called acetyl cholinesterase inhibitors. It is used to treat the symptoms of dementia in people diagnosed as having mild and moderately severe Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disorder that causes brain cells to degenerate and die.

Dementia is continuous decline in thinking, behavioral and social skills that disrupts a person’s ability to function independently. The symptoms include increasing memory loss, confusion and behavioral changes. As a result, patients with Alzheimer’s disease find it more difficult to carry out their normal daily activities.

COGNIDEP 5 works by stopping acetylcholine from being broken down in your brain. Acetylcholine is an important substance that allows better communication between nerve cells. Always take this medicine as prescribed by your doctor.

Before using this medicine, inform your doctor if you have heart problems, stomach ulcers, epilepsy, or asthma, pregnant or breastfeeding. It is not recommended for use in children and adolescents below 18 years of age. The common side effects are diarrhoea, headache, tiredness and hallucinations. Read more: cognidep 5

USES OF COGNIDEP 5

  • Alzheimer’s disease (dementia)

HOW COGNIDEP 5 WORKS

COGNIDEP 5 works by stopping acetylcholine from being broken down in your brain. Acetylcholine is an important substance that allows better communication between nerve cells. Always take this medicine as prescribed by your doctor.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE

Take this COGNIDEP 5 according to the dose and frequency as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break the medicine. It may be taken with or without food.

SIDE EFFECTS OF COGNIDEP 5

SERIOUS

  • Stomach pain and discomfort (indigestion)
  • Bleeding in the stomach or intestines
  • Seizures (fits) or convulsions
  • Liver damage
  • Fever with muscle stiffness, sweating or a lowered level of consciousness
  • Rhabdomyolysis

COMMON

  • Diarrhoea, feeling sick, vomiting
  • Headache
  • Muscle cramp, tiredness
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Common cold
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unusual dreams including nightmares
  • Aggressive behaviour
  • Fainting, dizziness
  • Rash, itching
  • Passing urine uncontrollably

RARE

  • Stiffness, shaking or uncontrollable movement especially of the face and tongue but also of the limbs
  • Disturbance in heart rhythm

In-Depth Precautions and Warning

Drug Warnings

A person should tell their doctor if they are taking any prescription or herbal medicine as certain medicines may weaken or strengthen the effects of Cognidep-5mg Tablet 15’s. A person should avoid the consumption of alcohol as it may reduce the effects of medication.

A woman who is pregnant or breast-feeding should ask their doctor for advice before taking this medicine. Alzheimer’s disease may affect the ability to drive so a person must not perform any activity that needs mental alertness unless your doctor tells you that it is safe to do so.

Drug Interactions

Drug-drug Interactions: Some medications may change the working action of Cognidep-5mg Tablet 15’s so tell your doctor about every prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products you are using.

The possible drugs that can interact with Cognidep-5mg Tablet 15’s include NSAIDs (such as ibuprofen, naproxen), antihistamine (Diphenhydramine), anticoagulant medication (apixaban), anticholinergics medicines, (tolterodine), and anti-depressants (fluoxetine).

Drug- Food Interactions: Food will not influence the effect of Cognidep-5mg Tablet 15’s, but a person should not be taken with alcohol because alcohol may reduce its effect.

Drug-Disease Interactions: A person should tell their doctor if they are dealing with a heart rhythm disorder, a stomach ulcer, urination problems, asthma or other breathing disorder, liver or kidney disease, and a seizure.

HOW TO MANAGE SIDE EFFECTS

Diarrhoea:

Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. ORS should be used to prevent dehydration.

Drowsiness or dizziness:

Get up and move around to feel awake, take small naps to edge off the sleepiness. Give your eyes a break to avoid fatigue and eat a healthy food to boost energy.

Vomiting:

Drink clear or ice-cold drinks. Eat light, bland foods and avoid fried, greasy, or sweet foods.

Constipation:

Eat fruits, vegetables whole grains and high fiber rich foods.

Feeling sick (nausea) or indigestion:

Stick to simple normal meals and do not eat rich or spicy foods.

WARNING & PRECAUTIONS

PREGNANCY

COGNIDEP 5 is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

Safety Advice

Safety Warning

ALCOHOL

You are recommended to avoid alcohol consumption while taking Cognidep-5mg Tablet 15’s. Alcohol intake, along with Cognidep-5mg Tablet 15’s, can worsen the symptoms of dementia.

Safety Warning

PREGNANCY
Cognidep-5mg Tablet 15’s can only be used in pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the unborn baby.

Safety Warning

BREAST FEEDING
It is not known if Cognidep-5mg Tablet 15’s passes into breast milk or not. Breast-feeding women should ask their doctor before using this medication.

Safety Warning

DRIVING
Cognidep-5mg Tablet 15’s can cause an undesirable reaction in the body that can impair a person’s thinking ability. One should avoid driving and do activities that require mental alertness.

Safety Warning

LIVER
Take Cognidep-5mg Tablet 15’s only after the doctor’s prescription, especially if you are dealing with Liver diseases/conditions as your doctor may adjust the dose as required.

Safety Warning

KIDNEY
Take Cognidep-5mg Tablet 15’s after the recommendation of a doctor, especially if you have a history of Kidney diseases/conditions. The dosing strength needs to be adjusted by your doctor as required.

BREASTFEEDING

COGNIDEP 5 is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

DRIVING AND USING MACHINES

Do not drive or operate machinery while taking this medicine, since it may cause tiredness, dizziness and muscle cramp.

ALCOHOL

Consumption of alcohol is not recommended during treatment with COGNIDEP 5.

KIDNEY

COGNIDEP 5 should be used with caution in patients suffering from active kidney diseases. Consult your doctor for advice.

LIVER

COGNIDEP 5 should be used with caution in patients suffering from liver function impairment or active liver diseases. Consult your doctor for advice.

ALLERGY

Do not take if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to Donepezil or any ingredients of this medicine.

HEART DISEASE

COGNIDEP 5 should be used with caution in patients suffering from active heart diseases. Consult your doctor for advice.

OTHERS

Tell your doctor if you had or have a condition such as:

  • Stomach or duodenal ulcers
  • Seizures (fits) or convulsions
  • Asthma or other long term lung disease

INTERACTIONS

Inform your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription or the following:

  • Galantamine
  • Ibuprofen, diclofenac sodium
  • Tolterodine
  • Erythromycin, rifampicin
  • Ketoconazole
  • Fluoxetine
  • Phenytoin, carbamazepine
  • Quinidine, beta-blockers (propanolol and atenolol)
  • Diazepam, succinylcholine
  • General anaesthetics

SYNOPSIS

Drug : Donepezil
Pharmacological Category : Acetyl cholinesterase Inhibitor (Central)
Therapeutic Indication : Alzheimer disease, Dementia
Dosage Forms : Tablet, Syrup

MORE INFORMATION

Do not store above 30ºC and keep out of reach of children.

FAQs ABOUT COGNIDEP 5

For how long does COGNIDEP 5 stay in your system?

It gets removed from the body very slowly. It takes about two weeks or more for this medicine to be completely removed from the system.

Does COGNIDEP 5 cause depression?

No, it does not cause depression. If you are experiencing symptoms, then it could be due to existing Alzheimer’s disease.

Can COGNIDEP 5 cause insomnia?

Yes, it may cause insomnia (sleeplessness). Dizziness and fainting can also be seen as common side effects.

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