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Donepezil Hcl

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Donepezil is used to treat confusion (dementia) related to Alzheimer's disease. It does not cure Alzheimer's disease, but it may improve memory, awareness, and the ability to perform daily functions. This medication is an enzyme blocker that works by restoring the balance of natural substances (neurotransmitters) in the brain.


Donepezil Hcl


Alzheimer'S Disease
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Adlarity Frequently Asked Questions

Read the Patient Information Leaflet and Instructions for Use provided by your pharmacist before you start using this medication and each time you get a refill. Follow all instructions for how to properly apply and use the patch. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Apply the patch to the skin as directed by your doctor, usually once weekly. Do not open the sealed pouch until ready to use. Do not cut the patch or use a damaged patch.

Before use, remove one sealed pouch (containing the patch) from the refrigerator and allow it to reach room temperature. Do not warm up the patch any other way by using other heat sources such a microwave, hair dryer, heating pad, or direct sunlight. The patch should be applied within 24 hours after taking it out of the refrigerator. Choose a clean, dry, area of skin with little or no hair to apply the patch. The recommended application site is the back (avoiding the spine). If you need to, you may apply the patch to the upper buttocks or upper outer thighs. Avoid areas where the patch might be rubbed off by tight clothing or undergarments. Do not apply to skin that is red, irritated, or cut. Do not shave or use creams, lotions, or powder on the application site.

Wash your hands before and after handling the patch. Peel off the backing from the patch and apply the patch to the chosen application site. Press the patch firmly in place for about 30 seconds to make sure it stays on. Only one patch should be applied at a time. When changing your patch, remove the old patch, fold it in half with the sticky side together, and throw it away out of reach of children and pets. Do not flush the patch down the toilet. You may use mineral oil or baby oil to wipe off any remaining stickiness left by the old patch at the application site. Apply a new patch to a different area to prevent skin irritation. Do not apply a new patch to the same area for at least 2 weeks.

While wearing the patch, avoid exposure to heat for long periods of time (see also Precautions section). However, keep the patch on during showers or baths.

The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. To reduce your risk of side effects (such as nausea and diarrhea), your doctor will start this medication at a low dose and gradually increase your dose over weeks to months. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully. Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often than prescribed. If you stop using this medication, contact your doctor for instructions before you start using it again.

If your doctor is changing your treatment with donepezil from the tablet form to this patch form, carefully follow your doctor's directions for when to start using the patch and when to stop taking the tablet(s). Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, change the patch on the same day each week. It may help to mark your calendar with a reminder. It may take several weeks before you get the full benefit of this drug.

If the patch falls off before it is time to change it, do not try to reapply the patch. Choose a new application site and apply a new patch. Then replace the new patch 7 days later to start a new weekly schedule.

Tell your doctor if your condition gets worse.

IMPORTANT: HOW TO USE THIS INFORMATION: This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs.

Adlarity Dosage and Form Information

Patch Transdermal Weekly
10 Mg/24Hr
5 Mg/24 Hr