ARICEPT Side Effects by Likelihood and Severity

COMMON side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • diarrhea

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • cramps
  • difficulty sleeping
  • nausea
  • vomiting

INFREQUENT side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • arthritis
  • fainting
  • dizziness
  • low energy
  • decreased appetite
  • an increased need to urinate often

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • nightmares
  • depression
  • bruising under the skin
  • drowsiness
  • pain
  • weight loss
  • headache

RARE side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • dehydration
  • anemia
  • delusions
  • aggressive behavior
  • neuroleptic malignant syndrome, a reaction characterized by fever, muscle rigidity and confusion
  • clouding of the lens of the eye called cataracts
  • blurred vision
  • high blood pressure
  • a type of slowed heart rhythm disorder called heart block
  • torsades de pointes, a type of abnormal heart rhythm
  • atrial fibrillation
  • slow heartbeat
  • prolonged QT interval on EKG
  • heart failure
  • low blood pressure
  • bleeding of the stomach or intestines
  • a skin disorder with blistering and peeling skin called toxic epidermal necrolysis
  • a skin disorder with blistering and peeling skin called Stevens-Johnson syndrome
  • hives
  • a condition with muscle tissue breakdown called rhabdomyolysis
  • seizures
  • excessive sweating
  • loss of muscle coordination
  • fluid retention in the legs, feet, arms or hands
  • aphasia, a loss of the ability to speak and understand language
  • trouble breathing
  • chest pain
  • gas
  • the inability to control a bowel movement
  • stomach cramps
  • nervousness
  • a feeling of pins and needles on skin
  • a type of significant allergic skin reaction called DRESS syndrome

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • mood changes
  • altered interest in having sexual intercourse
  • eye irritation
  • widening of blood vessels
  • bronchitis
  • an infection of the genitals or urinary tract
  • itching
  • mental status changes
  • sensation of spinning or whirling
  • muscle tremors
  • involuntary leakage of urine
  • urination during the night
  • abnormal liver function tests
  • irritability
  • drug-induced hot flashes

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