GENERIC NAME: RIVASTIGMINE SOLUTION - ORAL (riv-uh-STIG-meen)
BRAND NAME(S): Exelon
USES: Rivastigmine is used to treat confusion (dementia) related to Alzheimer's disease and to Parkinson's disease. Rivastigmine does not cure either of these diseases, but it may improve memory, awareness, and the ability to perform daily functions. This medication works by restoring the balance of natural substances (neurotransmitters) in the brain.
HOW TO USE: Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start taking rivastigmine and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.Follow all directions for the proper use of this medication. Read the instruction sheet that is included with this product. Using the provided syringe, measure out the prescribed amount of this medication. The dose may be swallowed directly from the syringe or mixed with a small glass of water, cold fruit juice, or soda. Stir and drink the entire mixture within 4 hours of mixing. Do not store for future use. Do not mix this medication with other liquids. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are unclear about how to take this medication.Take this medication as directed by your doctor, usually twice daily with food, in the morning and evening. Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. To reduce your risk of side effects (such as nausea and diarrhea), your doctor will start this medication at a low dose and gradually increase your dose over 2 to 4 weeks. The maximum recommended adult dose is 6 milligrams twice a day.Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Do not stop taking it or increase the dosage unless your doctor instructs you to do so. Do not use this drug more often than prescribed.If you do not take rivastigmine for 3 or more days in row, talk with your doctor before starting again. You may need to restart at a lower dose.Tell your doctor if your condition worsens.
Quick GuideDementia Pictures Slideshow: Disorders of the Brain
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.
Need help identifying pills and medications?
Use the pill identifier tool on RxList.