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Doctor insights on: Rivastigmine Transdermal System Side Effects

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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 & 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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My cousin is taking 4.5 mg of Rivastigmine in the morn for dementia. At night he takes 50 mg quetiapine for schizophrenia which causes disorientation?

My cousin is taking 4.5 mg of Rivastigmine in the morn for dementia.  At night he takes 50 mg quetiapine for schizophrenia which causes disorientation?

The dementia: Rivastigmine provides limited benefit for dementia (no real effective treatment ) and quetiapine (Seroquel) is use for agitation and insomnia associated with dementia. Neither prevent the progression of the disease (although rivastigmine may slow for about 6-12 months). Disorientation in dementia can be caused by other meds, sleep apnea, urinary tract infection, any other medical illness etc. ...Read more

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After stopping byetta, how long does the drug stay in your system for? Any side effects?

After stopping byetta, how long does the drug stay in your system for? Any side effects?

Byetta: Half life for the regular Byetta is 2.4 hr so it gets out of your system in about 10-12 hrs. Side effects would be high blood sugar if you don't substitute it with another antidiabetic agent. ...Read more

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Took Lexapro 10mg for two days then dr said to quit cause side effects. Today is 2nd day not taking it I feel lil better. How long til out of system?

Took Lexapro 10mg for two days then dr said to quit cause side effects. Today is 2nd day not taking it I feel lil better. How long til out of system?

Half-life = 24-25hrs: So, after a day off, you'd have 5mg, the 2nd day, you'd have 2.5mg, 3rd, 1.25 and so on - that's very low - so you should be free of the nasty side effects soon. Clearly, you ae sensitive and before you start ANY medications take the time to read up on them and fully discuss them w/ your provider. Some are very hard to stop. Non-pharma psychotherapy might be a choice to consider. Best! ...Read more

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How long until lexapro leaves my system? I've only taken 5mg for 3 days. This is my 2nd day being off of it. Haven't noticed any side effects.

Adolescent Anxiety: Lexapro 5mg/day is a small dose, you have taken it for only 3 days, it will be out of system in few days. Believe in Healing Powers of your Body as you do not have side effects. See Psychiatrist for Therapy for stresses of relationships, school, peer pressure for use of Alcohol and drugs, your Identity, , to resolve unpleasant feelings and conflicts to develop coping skills. ...Read more

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What is the web site that provides a written descrition that grades side effects on various body systems? I think the grades are 0 4.

Side Effect Grades: This site explains what the grading system is used for in relation to HIV medications and their side effects. http://i-base.info/guides/side/how-side-effects-are-graded the national cancer institute (nci) has a a toxicity grading system used universally for clinical trials that grades from no or mild toxicity for each organ system (0-1) to severe (4) where medication is stopped. ...Read more

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