Exelon acts as a reversible inhibitor for cholinesterase. Its main component is rivastigmine tartrate.
Exelon is used to treat the presence of dementia in individuals who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter plays an important role in memory and reasoning.
Individuals who have been diagnosed with dementia have decreased levels of acetylcholine. Cholinesterase is an enzyme that is involved in the breakdown of acetylcholine. It reduces the amount of the neurotransmitter. Exelon inhibits the action of cholinesterase creating a greater quantity of acetylcholine in the body. This allows the cells in the neural pathway to function better. This helps to increase the memory and mental functioning of individuals suffering from a deterioration of these pathways.
Contact your physician to discover what other benefits this medication may have for you.
You should always follow the prescription provided to you by your doctor. You should not take Exelon in dosages that are smaller or larger than what you have been prescribed.
This medication should be taken orally.
For people with Alzheimer’s disease, the total recommended dosage is between 6 mg and 12 mg of Exelon. This should be taken in two equal doses, once in the morning and once in the evening. This medication should be taken with food.
For people with Parkinson’s disease, the total recommended dosage is between 3 mg and 12 mg a day. This dose should be divided into two equal doses that is taken once in the morning and once in the evening. These doses should be accompanied by food.
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If your next scheduled dose is due soon, do not take the missed dose. You should not take two doses together.
In the event of an overdose, call your local medical emergency services immediately.
The most common adverse effects that may be experienced when taking Exelon are:
Changes in bowel movements
Difficulties with digestion
Changes in appetite
Decrease in strength
Decrease in weight
The less common side effects that you may experience when taking this medication are:
Loss of consciousness
Change in temperament
Unsteadiness of hands
In the event that you experience any of these adverse effects, contact your doctor immediately.
Inform your doctor if you have become pregnant and have been prescribed Exelon. Inform your doctor before breastfeeding your child if you have been prescribed this medication.
Do not take this medication if you have experienced an allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in Exelon.
Exelon may cause an impairment in judgment. Do not operate heavy machinery or drive if you have experienced this side effect.
Inform your doctor if you have a history of heart disease, kidney disease or if you have a decreased heart rate.
Tell your doctor about any liver problems, breathing problems, prostate issues, or seizures you may be experiencing.
Inform your physician about any medications, prescribed or over the counter, which you may be taking. Also tell your physician about any herbal supplements that you may be consuming.