RIVASTIGMINE (ri va STIG meen) is used to treat mild to moderate dementia caused by Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
difficulty passing urine
heart disease, or irregular or slow heartbeat
lung or breathing disease, like asthma
stomach or intestine disease, ulcers, or stomach bleeding
an unusual or allergic reaction to rivastigmine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take this medicine with food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
antihistamines for allergy, cough and cold
certain medicines for bladder problems like oxybutynin, tolterodine
certain medicines for Parkinson's disease like benztropine, trihexyphenidyl
certain medicines for stomach problems like dicyclomine, hyoscyamine
certain medicines for travel sickness like scopolamine
medicines that relax your muscles for surgery
other medicines for Alzheimer's disease
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Check with your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not get better or if they get worse.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this drug affects you.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
changes in vision or balance
feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
increase in frequency of passing urine, or incontinence
nervousness, agitation, or increased confusion
redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
slow heartbeat, or palpitations
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
indigestion or heartburn
loss of appetite
mild diarrhea, especially when starting treatment
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Keep out of reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Use the measuring device that comes with your medicine to measure your dose. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one. Do not use household spoons. They are not accurate. You can mix your dose in a small amount of water, cold fruit juice, or soda just prior to taking it if you like. Do not use other liquids to dilute the dose. If you mix your dose with one of these beverages, be sure to mix the solution well and drink the entire mixture. Take with food. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.
Store below 25 degrees C (77 degrees F). Keep upright. Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
RIVASTIGMINE (ri va STIG meen) is used to treat mild to moderate dementia caused by Parkinson's disease and mild to severe Alzheimer's disease.
application site reaction during previous use of rivastigmine patch
slow, irregular heartbeat
trouble passing urine
This medicine is for external use only. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Always remove the old patch before you apply a new one. Apply to skin right after removing the protective liner. Do not cut or trim the patch. Apply to an area of the upper arm, chest, or back that is clean, dry and hairless. Avoid injured, irritated, oily, or calloused areas or where the patch will be rubbed by tight clothing or a waistband. Do not place over an area where lotion, cream, or powder was recently used. Press firmly in place until the edges stick well. To prevent skin irritiation, do not apply to the same place more than once every 14 days. Change your patch at the same time each day. Do not use more often than directed. Do not stop using except on your doctor's advice.
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
If you miss a dose, apply a new patch immediately. Then, apply the next patch at the usual time the next day after removing the previous patch. Do not apply 2 patches to make up for the missed one. If treatment is missed for 3 or more days, contact your healthcare provider for further instructions.
antihistamines for allergy, cough, and cold
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Check with your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this drug affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells.
Avoid saunas and prolonged exposure to sunlight. You may bathe, swim, shower, or participate in any of your normal activities while wearing this patch. If the patch falls off, apply a new patch for the rest of the day, then replace the patch the next day at the usual time.
application site reaction (such as skin redness, blisters, or swelling under or around the patch site)
increase in frequency of passing urine or incontinence
slow heartbeat or palpitations
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Store in original pouch until just prior to use. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date. Dispose of used patches properly. Since used patches may still contain active medicine, fold the patch in half so that it sticks to itself prior to disposal.