Prescription onlyNo lower cost generic available

Exelon

(Rivastigmine)

  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Patch
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Treats dementia.

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Prescription onlyNo lower cost generic available

Our pharmacists’ bottom line

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Side effects for Exelon (Rivastigmine)

From clinical trials of Exelon / Alzheimer's Disease ( 2057)

  • NauseaNausea8% for Exelon vs.1% for placebo
  • VomitingVomiting5% for Exelon vs.0% for placebo
  • Loss of appetiteLoss of appetite3% for Exelon vs.0% for placebo
  • DizzinessDizziness2% for Exelon vs.0% for placebo

What to expect when you take Exelon (Rivastigmine) for Dementia

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • 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.

Risks and Warnings for Exelon (Rivastigmine)

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  • 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.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Tips from pharmacists and people taking Exelon (Rivastigmine)

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The FDA category for this medication is B. It is advised that you: Probably safe
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Food
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • If using the oral solution, take it after meals to prevent an upset stomach. It can be mixed with cold water, juice, or soda.
  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • 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.
Weight gain or loss
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Let your doctor know if you get serious stomach problems, issues with movement (tremor), or weight loss.
  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • 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.