What is Exelon?
Exelon, also known as Rivastigmine, is a medication belonging to the class of cholinesterase inhibitors. It is prescribed by doctors to treat conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other related conditions. Exelon is available in both oral form and transdermal skin patches. Its mechanism of action involves reducing the breakdown of a chemical in the brain that is crucial for memory, thinking, and reasoning processes. It is important to note that Exelon can only be obtained with a valid prescription from a healthcare professional.
What to know before taking Exelon?
Prior to taking Exelon, it is essential to consider certain factors. Individuals who are allergic to Exelon or any of its components should avoid its use. It is important to inform your doctor about any history of stomach ulcers, bleeding in the stomach, heart problems, kidney disease, liver infection, urination problems, asthma, chronic obstructive hyperactivity disorder (COPD), or other breathing issues. Pregnant women and lactating mothers should consult their doctor before using this medication. It is crucial to understand that Exelon does not provide a permanent cure for Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s disease.
How to take Exelon?
Exelon should be taken as prescribed by your doctor and should not be taken more frequently than recommended. It is important to carefully follow all instructions provided on the prescription label. If any instructions are unclear, it is advisable to seek clarification from your doctor or pharmacist. The dosage should be measured accurately, and consistency in treatment should be maintained. It is important to note that Exelon capsules or tablets should not be used simultaneously with transdermal skin patches to avoid overdose. Any symptoms of dehydration should be promptly reported to your doctor. If you require surgery while taking Exelon, inform your doctor in advance. Do not start or stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor. Keep the medication out of reach of children, store it at room temperature, and protect it from moisture and heat. After completing the treatment, dispose of any remaining medication with the assistance of your pharmacist.
The dosage of Exelon prescribed by your doctor depends on various factors, including age, weight, symptoms, severity of the condition, other medical issues, and concurrent medications. The doctor may adjust the dosage based on individual response to the initial dose. The average prescribed doses for adults with Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease are as follows:
Dosage for Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease
An initial dose of 4.6 mg (one patch) per day, which may be adjusted by your doctor after one month based on your specific situation. For moderate symptoms, the dose may range from 9.5 mg to 13.3 mg per day. For severe symptoms, the dose is 13.3 mg per day. The maximum daily dose should not exceed 13.3 mg.
The appropriate dose for children will be determined by the doctor following a thorough examination.
If you experience any discomfort or symptoms of Exelon overdose while taking this medication, seek immediate medical help from your doctor or call the poison helpline number at 1-800-222-1222. Symptoms of Exelon overdose may include vomiting, salivation, sweating, slow heartbeats, weak or shallow breathing, fainting, seizures, or convulsions.
What to avoid while using Exelon?
Avoid consuming alcohol while taking Exelon, as it can have dangerous interactions. This medication may impair your thinking and reaction time, so exercise caution when driving or engaging in activities that require alertness and attention.
Exelon side effects
Common side effects of Exelon may include upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and weakness or tiredness. Mild side effects are generally tolerable, but if they become bothersome or unbearable, consult your doctor for medical assistance. Stop taking the medication and inform your doctor if you experience severe side effects such as loss of appetite, weight loss, severe vomiting or nausea, diarrhea, bloody or tarry stools, cough with mucus and blood, unusual vomiting, lightheadedness, tremors, restless movements in the eyes, jaws, tongue, or neck, seizures, urination problems, skin redness, itchiness, irritation, symptoms of dehydration, or allergic reactions.
What drugs can interact with Exelon?
Inform your doctor about all over-the