WHAT IS RIVASTIGMINE?
Rivastigmine is a medicine used for treatment of Alzheimer. It aids in enhancing the functions of the nerve cells in the brain. Rivastigmine prevents the breakdown of an organic neurotransmitter chemical called acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is crucial for the processes of memory, thinking, and reasoning. People suffering with dementia usually have a lower level of acetylcholine than normal people. Rivastigmine is given to people suffering with mild to moderate dementia induced by Alzheimer. Rivastigmine is available under different trade names like Exelon and Rivamer.
It should be taken under a doctor’s guidelines. People suffering with heart disease, a heart rhythm disorder, urination problems, stomach ulcers or bleeding, asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a seizure disorder, asthma, kidney or liver disease should not take it without consulting a doctor.
One should immediately stop using Rivamer 3mg if he/she experiences chest pain, low heart rate, bloody stools, coughing up blood, reduced urination, weakness, confusion, extreme thirst, or hot or dry skin.
Rivamer 3mg is a FDA pregnancy category B drug. This medication can be harmful to unborn baby if taken while being pregnant. Pregnant women or lactating mothers should consult a doctor before taking the medicine.
How should I take Rivastigmine?
Rivastigmine should be strictly taken as prescribed by the doctor. It is normally taken twice a day preferably after having meals with a glass of water.
WHAT IF I MISS A DOSE?
Take the missed does as soon as you remember it but not if it’s the time for the next dose. Overdose should be strictly avoided as it can be harmful.
WHAT IF I OVERDOSE?
Contact your doctor at the earliest as overdose can lead to severe nausea, vomiting, cramps in stomach, muscle weakness or spasm, watery eyes, drooling, increased urination or bowel movements, sweating, slow heart rate, light headedness, or seizures.
THINGS AND ACTIVITIES TO AVOID WHILE TAKING DONEPEZIL
Rivamer 3mg can impact your thinking prowess and reflexes so it’s better to avoid activities which require attention and awareness.Eg. Driving