Compare Exelon vs. Razadyne

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Exelon
(Rivastigmine)

Razadyne
(Galantamine)

Treats dementia. Exelon (Rivastigmine) works for all stages of dementia caused by Alzheimer's, and the oral version is cheaper than the patch.Coming soon.
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Side effects
ExelonRazadyne
  • Nausea 35%
  • Vomiting 25%
  • Tremor 19%
  • Loss of appetite 14%
  • Any side effect 13%
  • Dizziness 10%
  • Diarrhea 8%
  • Abdominal pain 7%
  • Headache 5%
  • Indigestion 5%
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How it works
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Exelon (Rivastigmine) is an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor. Researchers don't know exactly how it helps treat Alzheimer's disease, but it prevents acetylcholine, a chemical in the brain, from being broken down too quickly. Acetylcholine is important in transmitting signals through nerves, a process that breaks down in Alzheimer's.Coming soon.
Type of medication
ExelonRazadyne
Acetylcholinesterase inhibitor
Cholinesterase inhibitor
Prescription only
Coming soon.
Available as
ExelonRazadyne
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Patch
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
Used for (click to learn more)
ExelonRazadyne
  • Alzheimer's disease - Dementia (Mild to Moderate)
Risk factors for serious side effects
ExelonRazadyne
      • Parkinson's disease
      • Taking anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
      Detailed Exelon (Rivastigmine) risks & warnings »
      Coming soon.
      Pregnancy category
      ExelonRazadyne
      BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

      Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

      See the FDA package insert
      CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

      See the FDA package insert
      Alcohol
      No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
      Food
      • If using the oral solution, take it after meals to prevent an upset stomach. It can be mixed with cold water, juice, or soda.
      • People on Exelon (Rivastigmine) have reported stomach ulcers which can also lead to bleeding in the stomach and intestines. Taking medications for inflammation, such as NSAIDs (ibuprofen or naproxen), can make this worse. Talk to your doctor if you vomit blood or material that looks like coffee grounds, or if your stool has blood or looks black and tarry. You can help prevent this by having some food or milk in your stomach when you take the oral medication.
      No specific food-related info.
      Kidneys and liver
      No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
      Sex
      No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
      Sleep
      No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
      Weight
      • Let your doctor know if you get serious stomach problems, issues with movement (tremor), or weight loss.
      • People on Exelon (Rivastigmine) have reported nausea and vomiting, decreased appetite and weight loss. This usually happens when the medication is first started and when there are changes in the dose. Talk to your doctor if this is a concern, especially if you have to stop taking the medication for more than 3 days.
      No specific weight-related info.
      Upsides and benefits
      ExelonRazadyne
      • 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.
      Coming soon.
      Downsides and risks
      ExelonRazadyne
      • 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.
      Coming soon.
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      ExelonRazadyne
      • Exelon (Rivastigmine) can cause nausea, vomiting, and dizziness.
      • Avoid activities that require full mental attention until you know how the drug affects you.
      • Let your doctor know if you get serious stomach problems, issues with movement (tremor), or weight loss.
      • If using the patch, make sure you know how to apply it. To prevent skin irritation, change the location of the patch every day.
      • If using the oral solution, take it after meals to prevent an upset stomach. It can be mixed with cold water, juice, or soda.
      Coming soon.
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