Exelon

(rivastigmine)

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Treats dementia due to Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease.

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Exelon (rivastigmine) relieves the symptoms of dementia, but doesn't stop or reverse progression of Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease.

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Quick facts about Exelon
  • Drug class: Neurology
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (rivastigmine)

Upsides

  • Exelon (rivastigmine) improves behavior disorders related to Alzheimer's disease.
  • The patch causes less stomach issues than the pill form of other medicines that work similarly.
  • Available in cheaper, generic versions.
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Downsides

  • Doesn't stop or reverse the natural progression of disease.
  • Only works for mild to moderate disease.
  • The patch can cause skin irritation.
  • The twice daily dosing schedule may be inconvenient when compared to other medicines for dementia.
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How it works

Exelon (rivastigmine) is a cholinesterase blocker, which prevents breakdown of acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is important for the functioning of brain cells.

Quick facts about Exelon
  • Drug class: Neurology
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (rivastigmine)

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Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Patch
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What to expect when you take Exelon (rivastigmine) for Alzheimer's disease dementia

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  • Possible side effects
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite
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Side effect rates for Exelon (rivastigmine)

From 2057 clinical trials of Exelon when taken for alzheimer's disease dementia (6 to 12 mg/day)
  • Nausea
    47%47%
    12%12%
  • Vomiting
    31%31%
    6%6%
  • Dizziness
    21%21%
    11%11%
  • Diarrhea
    19%19%
    11%11%
  • Headache
    17%17%
    12%12%
  • Loss of appetite
    17%17%
    3%3%
  • Abdominal pain
    13%13%
    6%6%
  • Fatigue
    9%9%
    5%5%
  • Upset stomach
    9%9%
    4%4%
  • Insomnia
    9%9%
    7%7%
  • Confusion
    8%8%
    7%7%
  • Urinary tract infection
    7%7%
    6%6%
  • Lack of energy
    6%6%
    2%2%
  • Depression
    6%6%
    4%4%
  • Feeling of discomfort
    5%5%
    2%2%
  • Sleepiness
    5%5%
    3%3%
  • Anxiety
    5%5%
    3%3%
  • Sweating
    4%4%
    1%1%
  • Tremor
    4%4%
    1%1%
  • Hallucination
    4%4%
    3%3%
  • Fainting
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Weight loss
    3%3%
  • High blood pressure
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Aggressive behavior
    3%3%
    2%2%
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Risks and Warnings for Exelon (rivastigmine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Capsule form of Exelon (rivastigmine)

    The pill form of Exelon (rivastigmine) causes nausea, vomiting, and weight loss, especially at the start of treatment and after changes in dose. Talk to your doctor about the different ways you can manage these symptoms.

Common concerns from people taking Exelon (rivastigmine)

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Alcohol
  • Ask your doctor before drinking alcohol while on Exelon (rivastigmine).
Weight
  • The pill form of Exelon (rivastigmine) causes nausea, vomiting, and weight loss, especially at the start of treatment and after changes in dose. Talk to your doctor about the different ways you can manage these symptoms.