What is Rivastigmine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Exelon Patch Exelon

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Rivastigmine is a cholinergic agent used for the treatment of mild to moderate dementia of the Alzheimer’s type as well as Parkinson's disease dementia.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Memory problems 18 11
Brain fog 6 3
Parkinson's disease 4 8
Lewy body disease 3 2
Alzheimer's disease 1 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 4
Moderate 4
Mild 5
None 12

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Rivastigmine

Side effect Patients
Constipation 1
Excessive sweating 1
Falls 1
Headaches 1
Panic attacks 1
Paranoia 1

Show all 11 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Rivastigmine

Dosage Patients
3 mg twice daily 2
6 mg daily 1
9.5 mg daily 1
9 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Rivastigmine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 10
Side effects too severe 6
Doctor's advice 5
Other 3
Course of treatment ended 1
Expense 1
See all 19 patients who've stopped taking Rivastigmine

Duration

Currently taking Rivastigmine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Rivastigmine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 12
Usually 7
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 10
Not at all hard to take 9
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 1
$50-99 0
$25-49 4
< $25 7
Not specified 12

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Rivastigmine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Donepezil (Aricept) 2
Memantine (Namenda) 1
Rotigotine (Neupro Patch) 1
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1 patient evaluation for Rivastigmine

Jan 28, 2011 (Started Dec 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for memory problems)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 4.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I medication worked; however, I was allergic to the adhesive on the patch. I broke out in whelps that still remain.
Cost: $100-199 monthly

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