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What is Rivastigmine used for?

Rivastigmine is used to treat mild-to-moderate dementia caused by Alzheimer's disease. It is an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor that reduces the breakdown of a compound called acetylcholine in the brain. This, in turn, improves cognitive processes of thinking, awareness, learning, reasoning, and memory, as well as patient function in the Alzheimer's disease population. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Rivastigmine?

The dosage of Rivastigmine prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label. The following dosage information includes the common dose of Rivastigmine. If your dose is different, do not follow the dosage described below unless your physician has approved.

Take Rivastigmine by mouth with food.

What if you miss a dose of Rivastigmine?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Rivastigmine medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Rivastigmine?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Rivastigmine, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Rivastigmine?

  • Atropine
  • Clidinium
  • Dicyclomine
  • Glycopyrrolate
  • Mepenzolate
  • Methantheline
  • Methscopolamine
  • Propantheline
  • Scopolamine

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Rivastigmine.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Rivastigmine, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Rivastigmine?

Like other medicines, Rivastigmine can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Rivastigmine are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Rivastigmine cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Rivastigmine develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Rivastigmine can cause side effects such as joint pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, loss of appetite, weight loss, weakness, dizziness, insomnia, and headache. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Rivastigmine.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Rivastigmine?

Is it possible for me to take Rivastigmine with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Rivastigmine?
What are the possible drug interactions of Rivastigmine?
How will Rivastigmine work in my body?
How should Rivastigmine be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Rivastigmine drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Rivastigmine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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