Who should not take Aricept?

The following conditions are contraindicated with this drug. Check with your physician if you have any of the following:


  • low amount of magnesium in the blood
  • low amount of potassium in the blood
  • neuroleptic malignant syndrome, a reaction characterized by fever, muscle rigidity and confusion
  • a heart attack
  • heart attack within the last 30 days
  • atrioventricular block, a type of slow heart rhythm disorder
  • torsades de pointes, a type of abnormal heart rhythm
  • sick sinus syndrome
  • sinus bradycardia
  • prolonged QT interval on EKG
  • sudden and serious symptoms of heart failure called acute decompensated heart failure
  • abnormal EKG with QT changes from birth
  • asthma
  • stomach or intestinal ulcer
  • bleeding of the stomach or intestines
  • blockage of the urinary bladder
  • a condition with muscle tissue breakdown called rhabdomyolysis
  • seizures
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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