Compare Exelon vs. Namenda

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Exelon (Rivastigmine)

Prescription only

Namenda (Memantine)

Prescription only
Treats dementia.

Exelon (Rivastigmine) works for all stages of dementia caused by Alzheimer's, and the oral version is cheaper than the patch.

Treats dementia.

Namenda (Memantine) is one of the few medications that can be used to treat moderate to severe dementia caused by Alzheimer's.

Upsides
  • Can be used to treat dementia caused by all stages of Alzheimer's disease.
  • Exelon (Rivastigmine) slows the progression of Alzheimer's, including the person's cognitive function and ability to perform the usual daily living activities.
  • It also improves behavior disorders related to Alzheimer's.
  • Exelon (Rivastigmine) is available as a patch. This form causes fewer stomach problems (like nausea or vomiting).
  • The oral capsules are available as a generic medication.
  • Only used to treat moderate to severe dementia caused by Alzheimer's disease.
  • It's available as an immediate-release tablet, a solution, and an extended-release tablet.
  • Can cause fewer side effects than other medicines used to treat Alzheimer's disease.
  • Available as a generic, which is cheaper.
Downsides
  • Like other medications for dementia, it only slows down the progression of the disease, but it doesn't stop or reverse it.
  • You need to take the oral capsules twice a day.
  • The patches are brand name only, so they can be expensive.
  • Like other medications for dementia, it only slows down the progression of the disease; it doesn't stop or reverse it.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Patch
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Extended release
Price
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Side effects
4possible side effects
  • Nausea
    8%
  • Vomiting
    5%
  • Anorexia
    3%
  • Dizziness
    2%
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13possible side effects
  • Dizziness
    7%
  • Headache
    6%
  • Confusion
    6%
  • Constipation
    5%
  • Hypertension
    4%
  • Coughing
    4%
  • Pain
    3%
  • Vomiting
    3%
  • Back pain
    3%
  • Somnolence
    3%
  • Hallucination
    3%
  • Fatigue
    2%
  • Dyspnea
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Nausea and vomiting | Weight loss
  • Skin sensitivity
  • Muscle tremors
    • Parkinson's disease
  • Ulcers | Bleeding in the stomach
    • Taking anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
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  • Seizures
    • History of seizures
  • Mood changes
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