Why it is prescribed :
This medication is a cholinesterase inhibitor, prescribed for mild to moderate dementia in patients with Alzheimer's disease. It improves thinking ability, memory or slows the loss of these abilities in people who have Alzheimer's disease.
When it is not to be taken (Contraindications):
Category B :
Animal studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and appropriate studies on pregnant women are lacking.
Dosage & When it is to be taken (Indications):
PO- The recommended dose is 4 mg every 12 hours. Dose can be escalated to 8 mg 12 hourly after 1 month.
How it should be taken :
This medication available in the form of tablet, long acting capsule, and solution to take by mouth (Orally). The tablets and liquid are usually taken twice a day, with the morning and evening meals.
Warnings and Precautions :
It may cause dizziness, drowsiness, or fainting. Do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
Caution needed for patients with history of asthma or any other lung disease, enlarged prostate, ulcers, seizures, irregular heartbeat, or heart, kidney, or liver disease; during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Side Effects : ♦
Central Nervous System
Dizziness, headache, lethargy, dysgeusia and hypersomnia
Diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea, stomach upset and vomiting.
-Weight loss and tiredness.
Other Precautions :
Monitor symptoms of gastrointestinal bleeding regularly.
Storage Conditions :
Store it at room temperature, and in an airtight container. Keep away from children.
Schedule : H
Prescription drugs - Drugs to be sold only under the prescription of a Registered Medical Practitioner.
♦ Safety Labeling Changes Approved By FDA