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What is the Exelon Patch used for?

Excelon is a medication prescribed to treat mild to moderate confusion (dementia) caused by Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. Dementia describes a group of symptoms, such as a decline in thinking ability and memory, caused by a brain disorder such as Alzheimer's disease. This medication does not cure either of these diseases, but it may improve memory, awareness, and the ability to perform daily functions.

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How does the Exelon Patch work?

The Exelon Patch contains the active ingredient Rivastigmine, and is classified as a cholinesterase inhibitor. When applied as directed, the Rivastigmine dosage in the Exelon Patch works by preventing the breakdown of a chemical that is important for the processes of memory, thinking, and reasoning. It improves the function of nerve cells in the brain.

Before using your prescribed Exelon Patch dosage, read all the instructions that was provided by your pharmacist. Apply the patch as directed, and make sure you take replace it with a new one at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of the Rivastigmine dosage in your system. Do not change or increase your dose. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well. 

This medication can interact with several other medications, so it is important that you use it as is prescribed. You should always tell your doctor about any prescription, non-prescription, illegal, and recreational drugs; herbal remedies; and nutritional and dietary supplements you're taking. You should not suddenly stop taking this drug or change your dosage without consulting your doctor first. Stopping this medication suddenly can cause unwanted side effects.


The Exelon Patch may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Exelon. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions relating to problems with blood flow to the brain, diabetes, heart problems, problems with your nervous system problems, low white blood cell count, problems swallowing, and troubles breathing while asleep. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation to avoid interactions or unwanted side effects of Rivastigmine.

Side Effects

Some common Exelon Patch side effects include:

Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite/weight loss, diarrhea, weakness, dizziness, drowsiness, shakiness (tremor), and abdominal pain

Other Exelon Patch side effects include:

Anxiety, asthenia, depression, drowsiness, dyspepsia, fatigue, tremor, diaphoresis, flatulence, and malaise.

If any side effects of Rivastigmine become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing any side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.


What is Exelon Patch?

The Exelon Patch (rivastigmine patch) is a transdermal prescription medication. One patch worn for 24 hours will dispense between a total of 4.6mg - 9.5mg of rivastigmine, a cholinesterase inhibitor drug.


What does Exelon patch do?

Exelon is believed to interfere with the breakdown of a certain chemical in brain; acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is a chemical thought to be crucial for humans to learn and store memories. In conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, over time, the nerve cells in the brain that are responsible for the creation of acetylcholine begin to deteriorate. This causes an obvious decrease in acetylcholine production. Exelon in believed to interfere with this breakdown to encourage and maintain an increase in acetylcholine production within the brain.


Exelon patch where to apply?

There are a few places you can apply the patch. For patients who are likely to remove the patch; place the patch on the upper or lower back. Otherwise, you may apply the patch to the upper arm or chest. Do not apply this patch to areas where it may risk being peeled off by tight clothing or belts.


How long does it take for the Exelon patch to work?

It could take up to 12 weeks before an improvement is seen, though the exact amount of time will vary from person to person.


How much does Exelon patch cost?

The Exelon patch has a high retail price in the United States as it is a tier 4 medication; the average retail price for 30 patches almost exceeds the hundreds range and into the thousands. At My Drug Center, patches can be purchased for as little as $6.60 per patch, which is more than half the price of that in the United States.

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