The nurse is caring for a patient with Alzheimer's disease who is taking Donepezil. The nurse should assess the patient for which of the following side effects associated with Donepezil?

Bradycardia

Explanation

•Donepezil is an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor and therefore increases the availability of acetylcholine.

•Side effects of acetylcholinesterase inhibitors include bradycardia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia, urination, and vivid dreams.

•Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors inactivate acetylcholinesterase, the enzyme that breaks down acetylcholine. This results in increased levels
of acetylcholine in the CNS.

•Constipation, tachycardia, and dry mouth are all side effects of anticholinergic medications.

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