Exelon (Rivastigmine) is a drug prescribed to treat mild to moderately severe Alzheimer's. It helps to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Why have I been prescribed Exelon?

Exelon (Rivastigmine) is a drug prescribed to treat mild to moderately severe Alzheimer's. It helps to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

How does it work?

  • Exelon raises the levels of a chemical in the brain (acetylcholine), which is known to be lowered in Alzheimer’s patients.

When and how do I take it?

Exelon should be taken twice a day, with morning and evening meals. The capsules should be swallowed whole with water.

What’s the dose?

  • Initially you will probably take 1.5mg twice a day. This may be increased to 3mg, 4.5mg and to a max of 6.5mg twice a day according to how you respond and tolerate the drug.

Could they interact with other tablets?

  • There are no known significant interactions with other medications. However it may interfere with medications called anticholinergics so always tell your doctor you are taking Exelon.
  • Herbal supplements should be used with caution and only after informing your doctor first.

What are the possible risks or side-effects?

Most common side effects are:

Can I drink alcohol while taking it?

  • Patients taking Exelon should not drink alcohol because the combination may cause increased drowsiness and sedation. Also, the sedative effects of alcohol may act as a depressant, counteracting the effects of Exelon.

What if I’m pregnant/breastfeeding?

  • Exelon should not be used during pregnancy unless deemed necessary by your doctor.
  • Women on Exelon should not breast-feed.
     

If you have any further questions please ask your Pharmacist.

Remember to keep all medicines out of reach of children
Please Note:
We have made every effort to ensure that the content of this information sheet is correct at time of publish, but remember that information about drugs may change. This sheet does not list all the uses and side-effects associated with this drug. For full details please see the drug information leaflet which comes with your medicine. Your doctor will assess your medical circumstances and draw your attention to any information or side-effects which may be relevant in your particular case.
 

References:

  • Medicines.ie website- Exelon SPC                                                                                             
  • Medicines.ie website- Exelon PIL