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Doctor insights on: Rivastigmine Transdermal System Side Effects

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What side effects are associated with Exelon (rivastigmine)?

What side effects are associated with Exelon (rivastigmine)?

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

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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

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My 75 years old mother takes Paroxat 20mg and exelon (rivastigmine)... I came to know that Paroxat has so many sides effects... Sleepness... Body pain.. Forgetful?

My 75 years old mother takes Paroxat 20mg and exelon (rivastigmine)...  I came to know that Paroxat has so many sides effects...  Sleepness... Body pain..  Forgetful?

The symptoms: may be due to other conditions. Make sure your mothers Doctor know about these symptoms. Set up a meeting to discuss the problems and make sure information is being exchanged. ...Read more

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How effective is rivastigmine (Exelon) for treating Alzheimer's disease?

How effective is rivastigmine (Exelon) for treating Alzheimer's disease?

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 more

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Grandma is taking exelon (rivastigmine) & Paroxat 20mg, but she feels tired,sleepy and has body pain. Any recommendations?

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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Who should not take Exelon (rivastigmine)?

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