The Rivastigmine is used in the treatment of dementia symptoms of moderate severity in patients with Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s .
What is Rivastigmine?
Rivastigmine counteracts the symptoms of dementia , since its action increases the amount of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the brain.
How is Rivastigmine taken?
Rivastigmine can be administered via transdermal patches or orally or. To reduce the risk of side effects , such as vomiting, nausea or loss of appetite, the doctor may prescribe an initially low dose of Rivastigmine, to result in a gradual increase in dosage over several months.
Side effects of Rivastigmine
The potential side effects of Rivastigmine include:
- increased sweating
- loss of appetite
- stomach discomfort
- He retched
- weight loss
In the event that Rivastigmine causes one of the side effects listed below, your doctor should be contacted immediately:
- blood in the stool
- dark stool
- chest pain
- coordination problems
- painful, reduced or increased urination
- breathing difficulties
- feeling of tightness in the chest
- swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue
- changes in mood or behavior
- tremors or uncontrolled muscle movements
- trouble walking
- irregular or slow heartbeat
- difficulty speaking or swallowing
- face or tongue tics
- vomiting similar to blood or coffee
- red, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
- severe or persistent diarrhea, nausea or stomach pain
- severe or persistent dizziness, tiredness or weakness
- severe or persistent loss of appetite or weight
- skin irritations
Warnings on the use of Rivastigmine
Rivastigmine may impair your ability to drive or operate dangerous machinery ; this effect can be aggravated by alcohol and some medications.
The Rivastigmine should not be taken together with other inhibitors of cholinesterase and Acetobutololo, Atenolol, Betaxolo, Bisoprolol, Carvedilol, Esmolol, Labetalol, Metoclopramide, Metoprolol, Nadolol, Nebivolol, Penbutolo, Pindolol, Propanolol, sotalol or timolol.
Your doctor should be informed of Rivastigmine immediately if:
- of any allergies to the active substance, its excipients, such other drugs (in particular of the carbamate derivatives) or any food;
- of the medicines, phytotherapics and supplements taken , in particular Acetobutolol, Atenolol, Betaxol, Bisoprolol, Carvedilol, Esmolol, Labetalol, Metoclopramide, Metoprolol, Nadolol, Nebivolol, Penbutol, Pindolol, Propanolol, Sotalpirin, Timolol. o other cholinesterase inhibitors and anticholinergic drugs;
- if you suffer (or have suffered) from liver, kidney, heart, lung or respiratory problems, pancreatitis, convulsions, gastrointestinal problems or blockages of the urinary tract and forms of dementia not associated with Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s;
- if you have surgery under general anesthesia ;
- if you are dehydrated ;
- if you weigh less than 50 kg ;
- if you are pregnant or breastfeeding .