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rivastigmine (oral) (Exelon)

Brand Names: Exelon

Generic Name: rivastigmine (oral)

What is rivastigmine (Exelon)?

Rivastigmine is used to treat mild to moderate dementia caused by Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease.

Rivastigmine is not a cure for Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease.

Rivastigmine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of rivastigmine (Exelon)?

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • severe or ongoing vomiting or diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss;
  • bloody or tarry stools, cough with bloody mucus or vomit that looks like coffee grounds;
  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
  • tremors (uncontrolled shaking), restless muscle movements in your eyes, tongue, jaw, or neck;
  • seizure (convulsions);
  • painful or difficult urination;
  • severe skin redness, itching, or irritation; or
  • dehydration symptoms--feeling very thirsty or hot, being unable to urinate, heavy sweating, or hot and dry skin.

Common side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about rivastigmine (Exelon)?

You should not take oral rivastigmine if you have ever had severe redness, itching, or skin irritation caused by wearing a rivastigmine transdermal skin patch.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking rivastigmine (Exelon)?

You should not take this medicine if you are allergic to rivastigmine or similar medicines, such as felbamate, meprobamate, or carisoprodol.

You should not take oral rivastigmine if you have ever had severe redness, itching, or skin irritation caused by wearing a rivastigmine transdermal skin patch.

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

It may not be safe to breastfeed while using this medicine. Ask your doctor about any risk.

How should I take rivastigmine (Exelon)?

Do not wear a rivastigmine transdermal skin patch at the same time you are taking rivastigmine capsules or oral liquid.

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

Take rivastigmine with food.

Read and carefully follow any Instructions for Use provided with your medicine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you do not understand these instructions.

Measure liquid medicine carefully. Use the dosing syringe provided, or use a medicine dose-measuring device (not a kitchen spoon).

You may swallow the liquid medicine directly from the syringe or mix the medicine with a small glass of water, fruit juice, or soda. Stir and drink this mixture within 4 hours after mixing. Add a little more water to the 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 protective case. Close the medicine bottle using the child-resistant closure.

Call your doctor if you are sick with vomiting or diarrhea, or if you are sweating more than usual. You can easily become dehydrated while taking rivastigmine.

Rivastigmine doses are based on weight. Your dose needs may change if you gain or lose weight.

If you need surgery, tell your surgeon you currently use this medicine.

If you stop taking rivastigmine for any reason, do not restart the medicine without talking to your doctor first. You may need to start with a lower dose.

Store in an upright position at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Do not allow the liquid medicine to freeze.

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One of the first symptoms of Alzheimer's disease is __________________. See Answer

What happens if I miss a dose (Exelon)?

Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.

If you miss several doses in a row, call your doctor before taking any more of this medicine.

Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.

What happens if I overdose (Exelon)?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

Overdose symptoms may include severe nausea, vomiting, salivation, sweating, slow heartbeats, weak or shallow breathing, fainting, or seizure (convulsions).

What should I avoid while taking rivastigmine (Exelon)?

Avoid driving or hazardous activity until you know how this medicine will affect you. Your reactions could be impaired.

What other drugs will affect rivastigmine (Exelon)?

Tell your doctor about all your other medicines, especially:

This list is not complete and many other drugs may affect rivastigmine. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.

Where can I get more information (Exelon)?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about rivastigmine.


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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Reviewed on 7/24/2019

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