Exelon Patch 10 belongs to a group of medicines called 'anti-dementia agents' used to treat mild to moderate dementia caused by Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease. Alzheimer's disease is a neurological disorder, which causes dementia (memory loss) and slowly destroys the ability to think, learn, communicate and handling daily activities. Parkinson's disease is a central nervous system disorder that affects movement leading to shaking, stiffness and difficulty with walking, balance and coordination.
Exelon Patch 10 contains 'Rivastigmine' that belongs to the class of 'Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitors'. Rivastigmine increases acetylcholine (a brain chemical) levels allowing the nerve cells to communicate. It restores the balance of neurotransmitters and improves mental function, such as memory and thinking. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that transmit the message from one nerve cell to another nerve cell, muscle cell or a gland cell.
Exelon Patch 10 is available in oral tablet, capsule, liquid and transdermal patch formulation. Your doctor will decide the dose and duration based on the severity of your disease. Common side effects of Exelon Patch 10 include nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, dizziness, drowsiness, shakiness (tremor), weakness and loss of appetite. These side effects are not familiar to everyone and vary individually. If you notice any side effects that are not manageable, please consult your doctor.
Let your doctor know if you use any prescription and non-prescription medications you are taking, including other vitamins, before starting Exelon Patch 10. Please tell your doctor if you are allergic to Exelon Patch 10 or its components. Inform your doctor beforehand if you have a history of liver or kidney diseases, breathing problems (asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)), stomach/intestinal problems (ulcers, bleeding), heart diseases (sick sinus syndrome and other conduction disorders), fainting, fits, urination problems and enlarged prostate. It is essential to let your doctor know if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or a breastfeeding mother. Avoid consuming alcohol along with Exelon Patch 10 as it can make you dizzy or drowsy.
Uses of Exelon Patch 10
Dementia in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.
Exelon Patch 10 treats mild to moderate dementia caused by Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. It contains 'Rivastigmine', an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor. Rivastigmine increases acetylcholine (a brain chemical) levels in the central nervous system involved in transmitting nerve signals that play an essential role in memory. Exelon Patch 10 is not a cure for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, but improves memory, thinking, awareness and the ability to perform daily functions.
Directions for Use
Exelon Patch 10 is available in oral tablet, capsule, liquid and transdermal patch formulation. Your doctor will decide the dose and duration based on the severity of your disease and response to treatment. Capsule/Tablet: Take Exelon Patch 10 by mouth with food as directed by your doctor. Swallow Exelon Patch 10 as a whole with a glass of water; do not chew, or break the tablet.Liquid: Take the measured quantity/dose by mouth using the oral dosing syringe provided by the pack. Do not mix the solution with other liquids except water, cold fruit juice or soda. After use, rinse the empty syringe by inserting the syringe's open end into a glass of water. Push the plunger several times by inserting the syringe into water. Allow it to air dry before putting back into the pack.Transdermal patch: Do not take a patch of Exelon Patch 10 by mouth. The patch is to be evenly applied on the skin without hair. It is advised to put the transdermal patch on clean, dry and healthy skin on the upper or lower back. You can also apply it on the upper arm or chest. The patch should not be put on damaged and broken skin. Please do not put a new patch when you are already using one patch since it can lead to overdosing of Exelon Patch 10.
Store in a cool and dry place away from sunlight
Side Effects of Exelon Patch 10
Loss of appetite
Trouble passing urine
Black, tarry or bloody stools
Low mood (depression)