Exelon(Rivastigmine Tartrate, Rivastigmine)
What is a generic medication?
Generic medications are significantly discounted copies of brand name medication that have the same active ingredients, intended use, dosage, side effects, effects, and route of administration as the original brand name medication. In other words, generic medications have the same pharmacological effects as their brand-name counterparts. Over half of all prescribed medications are for generic medications.
Who Should Use Exelon and Why
Exelon contains the active ingredient rivastigmine, which helps maintain healthy levels of neurotransmitters in the brain, thus improving the function of nerve cells. Available in the form of patches – which release steady levels of rivastigmine over a period of 24 hours – this medicine can help people with the following conditions:
In both conditions, Exelon does not provide a cure, but it does help alleviate symptoms of dementia, and helps maintain memory and reasoning capabilities.
How Exelon Works
Exelon patches are usually applied once daily on a clean, dry area on the patient’s back, upper arm or chest. Once a patch is properly applied, it is possible to bathe with it. Old patches must be removed on a daily basis, before new ones are applied. It is important to ensure that only one patch is worn at a time!
Also, the location of the patches must be rotated each application to avoid skin irritation. The same location must not be used within 14 days. If a patch falls off the patient’s body earlier than its replacement time, attempting to re-apply it is not advisable. Instead, a new patch must be applied.
Side Effects and Contraindications
Exelon may cause stomach upset in some people. This may include vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, dehydration, appetite loss and weight loss. It may also lead to stomach ulcers. Other common side effects include headache, anxiety, depression, dizziness, urinary tract infections, muscle weakness, tiredness and trouble sleeping.
Exelon may exacerbate some symptoms of Parkinson’s disease such as tremors. Prior to starting Exelon therapy, patients must have their overall health checked and discuss any pre-existing conditions with their doctor, especially heart and lung conditions.
They must also review any herbal supplements or medications they may be taking. Exelon should not be taken at the same time as blood pressure medications such as beta-blockers, or with medications such as metoclopramide.
The information above is a quick summary of facts about Exelon, provided by third parties. Patients should always refer to a physician for medical advice on how to administer this drug, along with any other specific questions they may have.
Generic Alternatives to Exelon
A number of generic alternatives to Exelon are available on the market and can be purchased through our online drug store.
Generic medicines have the same active substances as the brand-name drugs, although inactive substances may vary.
Like Exelon, generic alternatives contain the active ingredient rivastigmine which is used to alleviate symptoms of dementia associated with Parkinson’s disease. Dementia is common in about 40 percent of people diagnosed with the disease. Rivastigmine is also prescribed to patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
Rivastigmine patches allow for high doses of medication to be absorbed through a patient’s skin. This method involves less unwanted side effects – such as nausea and vomiting – compared to oral ingestion. In addition to allowing higher levels to be administered with less side effects, using a patch helps maintain steady levels of rivastigmine in a patient’s body throughout a 24-hour period. Skin patches are available in three strengths: 4.6mg per 24 hours, 9.5mg per 24 hours and 13.3mg per 24 hours.
As with the brand-name drug, a number of side effects may occur when patients use generic rivastigmine patches. In consultation with their physician, people with kidney, liver, and heart problems – as well as those with stomach ulcers – need to carefully consider the appropriateness of this medication and the possibility of unwanted side effects.
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