GENERIC NAME: rivastigmine
BRAND NAME: Exelon, Exelon Patch
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
- Exelon and Exelon Patch is used for the treatment of mild to moderate dementia of the Alzheimer's type or mild to moderate dementia associated with Parkinson's disease.
- The most common side effects Exelon and Exelon Patch are:
- Stomach pain
- Weight loss
- About one-half of patients who take Exelon and Exelon Patch develop symptoms of nausea, and about one-third vomit at least once, most commonly during the first few weeks of treatment as the dose is slowly increased.
- Between one in five and one in four patients lose weight during rivastigmine therapy (about 7 to 10 pounds, on average).
- One in six patients experiences a loss of appetite.
- About one in fifty patients develops dizziness. Overall, 15% of patients (between one in seven and one in six) discontinue therapy due to side effects.
- Serious side effects include:
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