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Exelon Patch Medication
My grandma has moderate Alzheimer's are memeska 10 mg and exelon (rivastigmine) patch 5 medications good also she has hypothyrodism with TSH 3.89 T3 1.8. T4 1.1 ?
Should galantamine (galantamine hydrobromide) and exelon patch be used together. My mother went from walking to bed-ridden in less then 2 mos. After starting exelon patch.?
Would there be any drug interaction by taking exelon (rivastigmine) patch and phosphatidylserine (from soybeans)?
Yes: Phosphatidylserine increases levels of acetylcholine in the body. Exelon (rivastigmine) also increases levels of acetylcholine, so the combination of these might increase the side effects of the drugs. I would not recommend taking them together until you talk to your doctor first. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Kindly inform me which vitamin and calcium should I give my 75 years old mother which is on crestor and exelon (rivastigmine) medication... Thank you?
Complicated: In reference to vitamins: a generic over the counter multivitamin (store brand is fine) will supply all the daily requirements. For advice regarding vitamin D and calcium, more information is necessary including renal function, bone density, fracture history, family history, liver function and co-morbid conditions - this is best determined by your mother's family doctor. ...Read more
Yes: Put it where it's most convenient!Get a more detailed answer ›
yes: The patch can be applied anywhere on the skin, but the site should be rotated so that the adhesive does not irritate the skin as much. ...Read more
Is there a benefit in taking memantine with the exelon (rivastigmine) patch? Are there any side effects?
Alzheimer's disease: Memantine is indicated for the treatment of moderate and late stages of alzheimer's disease. The benefits may be subtle, mainly noticed by relatives in the form of better ability to communicate. It is designed to be used in combination with either exelon, (rivastigmine) razadyne or aricept. Side effects may include irritability, confusion, tremors and dizziness. Needs dose adjustment for impaired renal function. ...Read more
Nothing.: It is used to alleviate symptoms of dementia , not just Alzheimer's dementia but also vascular dementia due to several causes such as stroke, Parkinson's Disease, traumatic brain injury or multiple sclerosis. However, you might experience the side-effects such as confusion, depression or even an allergic response. It is similar to taking a headache medication without a headache. ...Read more
Are memska 10 mg and exelon (rivastigmine) patch 5 good for moderate alzheimer's disease do they make the case better?
Not a cure: Both Namenda and Exelon (rivastigmine) are approved for the treatment of alzheimers dementia. They help stabilize the disease and may slow progression. These drugs also help manage difficult behaviors associated with the disease. Newer drugs are coming out through clinical trials. Go to nih.Org for more information about trials in your area. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Psychiatrist prescribed donezepil months ago. GP prescribed Exelon (rivastigmine) Patch. Are both used together?
No: I suggest you inform the doctors. Then get thee to a dementia specialist to get thing sorted out. There are 5 certified Behavioral Neurologists in Florida. 2 in Gainsville, 2 in Jacksonville, one in St Pete. Some Neurologists can be of help as well. (A behavioral Neurologist has additional training and certification in evaluating and treating memory disorders (Things like Alzheimer's disease ...Read more
Is there anything that can be applied to the skin or taken orally to minimize the local skin reaction (itching & erythema) from exelon (rivastigmine) patch. ?
Tough situation: Do not use lotions or ointments underneath the patch as it makes things worse. Some pts have done well with Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or steroid cremes prior to use of patch, but this too is not often successful. Best approach, rotate frequently, wash site with water only, then dry thoroughly, wait a few seconds and apply. If all else fails, phone the company 800 line and ask to speak to a nurse. ...Read more
Exelon (rivastigmine): "EXELON is contraindicated in patients with: known hypersensitivity to rivastigmine, other carbamate derivatives or other components of the formulation. a previous history of application site reaction with rivastigmine transdermal patch suggestive of allergic contact dermatitis, in the absence of negative allergy testing." See: http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=f1e28b44-389 ...Read more
Exelon (rivastigmine): Yes you do.Get a more detailed answer ›
Exelon (rivastigmine): Some are Diarrhea, Nausea, Indigestion, Gases, Confusion, Dizziness, Hallucinations, Feeling sick. Less common are Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Sweating, Head pain, High blood pressure, UTI, Weight loss. Rare ones are Aggression, Anemia, Cataracts, Bloody urine, Heart failure, Kidney failure, Nosebleeds, Rash, Seizures, Stroke. ...Read more
Same as others . . .: Rivastigmine is probably as effective as galantamine (galantamine hydrobromide) & donepezil in treating Alzheimer's disease, which is to say, not very. While their FDA approvals required demonstrating better test scores, studies were contradictory as to clinical benefit. Best we can hope w/acetylcholinesterase inhibitor class is to slow down disease progression but there is no cure yet. Perhaps better if used w/memantine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Grandma is taking exelon (rivastigmine) & Paroxat 20mg, but she feels tired,sleepy and has body pain. Any recommendations?
Meeting with doctor: Make sure these symptoms are being relayed to the doctor. Sometimes the family is informed but the doctor is not. Once on a medication like Exelon (rivastigmine) it is hard to come off it without a profound decline in cognition. Localization of pain is helpful. Diffuse muscle pain in somebody on cholesterol medication would obviate a blood test (CPK enzyme) to see if a change in statin drug should be made. ...Read more
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