Exelon (rivastigmine, Exelon Patch)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

What brand names are available for rivastigmine?

Exelon, Exelon Patch

Is rivastigmine available as a generic drug?


Do I need a prescription for rivastigmine?


What are the uses for rivastigmine?

What are the side effects of rivastigmine?

  • The most common side effects Exelon and Exelon Patch are:
    • Dizziness
    • Diarrhea
    • Headache
    • Stomach pain
    • Vomiting
    • Nausea
    • 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:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/22/2016

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