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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking rivastigmine (Exelon)?
Before taking rivastigmine, tell your doctor if you have:
If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take rivastigmine.
FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether rivastigmine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I take rivastigmine (Exelon)?
Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor.
Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results from this medication.
Rivastigmine is usually taken twice a day, in the morning and evening. Follow your doctor's directions.
Take rivastigmine with food.
This medication comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
If you need to have any type of surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are taking rivastigmine. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.
Take the rivastigmine capsule with a full glass of water.
Do not use a regular table spoon to measure a dose of rivastigmine oral liquid (solution). Use the syringe provided.
You may swallow the oral liquid directly from the syringe or mix the medicine with a small glass of water, fruit juice, or soda. Do not use any other liquids to mix with rivastigmine oral liquid.
Stir the medicine mixture and drink all of it right away. To make sure you get the entire dose, add a little more water to the same glass, swirl gently and drink right away.
After using the syringe, wipe the outside of it with a clean tissue and put the syringe back into its case. Close the medicine bottle using the child resistant closure.
It is important to use rivastigmine regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.
If you stop taking rivastigmine for any reason, do not restart the medication without talking to your doctor first. You may need to restart treatment with a lower dose.
Store rivastigmine at room temperature away from moisture and heat in an upright position.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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