Exelon (Rivastigmine Tartrate) is indicated for the treatment of dementia or confusion. It is related to Alzheimer’s disease and to Parkinson’s disease. Dementia is not a specific disease. It is an overall term that describes a group of symptoms. It is associated with a decline in memory. It may also be with other thinking skills. In which it is severe enough to lessen a person’s ability to perform everyday activities.
How does Exelon (Rivastigmine Tartrate) work?
Exelon (Rivastigmine Tartrate) breaks down acetylcholine. It is a neurotransmitter that helps in human memory and cognition processes. By inhibiting cholinesterase more acetylcholine is available. It is to the patients for their cognitive and memory functioning. This is effective in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Acetylcholine is at significantly lower levels in Alzheimer’s patients.
This medication may take as long as 12 weeks to begin working. Individual response to this medication will vary. This drug is not a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. It does not affect the underlying degenerative process of the disease.
Why use Exelon (Rivastigmine Tartrate)?
Exelon (Rivastigmine Tartrate) belongs to the class of medications called cholinesterase inhibitors. This comes as a capsule for oral administration. Exelon has the active ingredient of Rivastigmine Tartrate. Each capsule has the strengths of 1.5 mg, 3 mg, 4.5 mg, and 6 mg. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) already approved this medication.
How to use Exelon (Rivastigmine Tartrate)?
This drug is to be taken by mouth as directed by your doctor. It is to be taken twice a day. Usually, it is in the morning and in the evening. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response. Your doctor will usually begin with a low dose and gradually increase it over 2-4 weeks.
What are the side-effects of Exelon (Rivastigmine Tartrate)?
- Upset stomach
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Joint pain
- Swelling in your hands or feet
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Increased sweating
Warnings and Precautions
- You should not stop taking this medication unless your doctor tells you to do so. Do not also use this drug more often than prescribed.
- Before using this, let your doctor know if you have allergies. This may have an inactive ingredient that may cause an allergic reaction.
- Do not share this with others even if they have the same symptoms as yours.
- Call for medical help right away if there are signs of an allergic reaction.
- Keep this far from the reach of children.