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Exelon Patch Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is rivastigmine transdermal (Exelon Patch)?
- What are the possible side effects of rivastigmine transdermal (Exelon Patch)?
- What is the most important information I should know about rivastigmine transdermal (Exelon Patch)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using rivastigmine transdermal (Exelon Patch)?
- How should I use rivastigmine transdermal (Exelon Patch)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Exelon Patch)?
- What happens if I overdose (Exelon Patch)?
- What should I avoid while using rivastigmine transdermal (Exelon Patch)?
- What other drugs will affect rivastigmine transdermal (Exelon Patch)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using rivastigmine transdermal (Exelon Patch)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to rivastigmine or similar medications such as felbamate (Felbatol), carisoprodol (Soma, Vanadom), or meprobamate (Equanil, Miltown).
To make sure this medication is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- liver or kidney disease;
- recent weight loss or lack of appetite;
- a heart rhythm disorder such as "sick sinus syndrome" (slow heartbeats);
- an enlarged prostate or urination problems;
- epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
- asthma or other breathng disorder;
- a history of stomach ulcer; or
- tremors (dyskinesia) or uncontrolled muscle movements.
FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
Rivastigmine can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using this medication.
How should I use rivastigmine transdermal (Exelon Patch)?
Use exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not apply more patches or use them for longer than recommended. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
This medication comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Never cut or tear a rivastigmine patch.
Apply the patch to a flat and hairless area of your chest, upper or lower back, or the outer part of your upper arm. Press the patch firmly into place for about 10 seconds to make sure it sticks. You may leave the patch on while bathing, showering, or swimming.
If a patch falls off, apply a new patch and wear it for the rest of the day. Change the patch at your usual time the next day.
Remove the skin patch after 24 hours and replace it with a new one.
Always remove an old patch before putting on a new one. Do not wear more than 1 patch at a time.
Choose a different place on your body to wear the patch each time you put on a new one. Do not use the same skin area twice within 14 days.
Avoid placing the patch where it will be rubbed by tight clothing, or in the folds of your skin. The patch should remain flat on the skin at all times. Take care to avoid accidentally removing the patch while showering or during physical activity.
Do not wear more than one rivastigmine patch at a time. Using extra skin patches will not make the medication more effective. Never cut a skin patch.
Always wash your hands after removing the patch.
After removing a patch, fold it in half so it sticks together and throw it away in a place where children or pets cannot get to it.
It may take up to 4 weeks before your symptoms improve. For best results, keep using the patches as directed.
If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using rivastigmine transdermal. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.
If you stop using rivastigmine transdermal for any reason, do not restart the medication without talking to your doctor first. You may need to restart treatment with a lower dose.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep each patch in its foil pouch until you are ready to use it.
Additional Exelon Patch Information
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