Exelon is the brand name for rivastigmine, which is a cholinesterase inhibitor. It comes in the form of oblong-shaped capsules, in either yellow, orange, or red color depending on the strength.
How It Works
This medication basically attempts to improve mental functions like your memory, awareness, and your ability to carry out daily functions. To do so, it reinstates the balance of neurotransmitters in your brain.
Exelon can be used to treat dementia, which is a brain disorder that influences a person’s ability to remember and think clearly, as well as to communicate and perform day-to-day activities. Someone with dementia can also experience changes in mood and personality. Types of dementia include Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. This medication can only try to improve the loss of the aforementioned abilities, but it is in no way a cure.
Doctors will normally prescribe Exelon to be taken twice a day, preferably in once in the morning and another in the evening. The capsules should be taken with meals. In any case, always follow the directions exactly as per instructed and try to get a copy of the manufacturer’s instructions for proper consumption. Never attempt to change the number of capsules taken at a time, or the dosage frequency without medical advice. If you are new to Exelon, you would be required to start on a low dose before slowly increasing it. In the event that you miss taking the medication for more than a few days, let your doctor know before resuming the dosage as you may need to start on a lower dose again. Once you are feeling better, do not stop the medication without consulting the doctor.
Taking Exelon may cause you to suffer certain side effects, but should it become worse or persistent, you may need to get medical condition. Watch out for the following:
Loss of appetite
Heartburn or indigestion
Lack of energy
Tremor or worsening of tremor
Difficulty falling or staying asleep
You are mostly likely not going to experience the following side effects, but if you do, please seek immediate medical assistance:
Difficulty breathing or swallowing
Black and tarry stools
Red blood in stools
Vomiting material that looks like coffee grounds
Hallucinating or hearing voices
Uncontrollable movements and muscle contractions
When being prescribed Exelon, do not forget to advise your doctor if you are:
Allergic to rivastigmine or any other medications.
Taking any prescription or nonprescription drugs including, but not limited to, vitamins, nutritional supplements and herbal products.
Weighing less than 110 lb or 50 kg.
Having or ever had asthma, ulcers, irregular heartbeat, or other heart, liver, kidney, or lung conditions.
In any stage of conceiving or breastfeeding. Let your doctor know if you get pregnant while taking this medication.
Having any type of surgery.
You may continue on your normal food intake when taking Exelon unless advised otherwise. Always keep a track of your doctor appointment and medications, just for reference and in case of emergency. If you encounter someone with the same condition, do not let this person take your medication without consulting a doctor.