Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

Take this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. To do so may increase the chance of side effects.

If you are taking the extended-release capsules:

  • Take it with your morning meal.
  • Swallow the extended-release capsule whole. Do not crush, break, or chew it.

If you are taking the oral liquid:

  • Follow the instruction sheet for the proper dosing of the oral liquid. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
  • Measure your dose with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup. The average household teaspoon may not hold the right amount of liquid.

Take the oral liquid or tablets with morning or evening meals.

Drink extra fluids so you will pass more urine while you are using this medicine. This may help prevent kidney problems.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For treatment of Alzheimer's disease:
    • For oral dosage form (extended-release capsules):
      • Adults—At first, 8 milligrams (mg) once a day with food. Your doctor may increase your dose to 16 mg per day after at least 4 weeks, and then to 24 mg per day after at least another 4 weeks.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For oral dosage forms (oral solution or tablets):
      • Adults—At first, 4 milligrams (mg) two times a day. Your doctor may increase your dose to 8 mg two times a day after at least of 4 weeks, and then to 12 mg two times a day after at least 4 weeks.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

If you missed your dose for more than 3 days, call your doctor right away. You may need to go back to a lower dose.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.