Rivastigmine - Drug Information

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General Information on Rivastigmine

Generic Name : Rivastigmine

Pronunciation : ri va stig meen

Latest prescription information about Rivastigmine. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y51.8 | Therapeutic Classification : Anti- Alzheimer's Agents

Why is Rivastigmine Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a reversible non-competitive inhibitor of acetylcholinestrace, prescribed for mild to moderate dementia in patients with Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease. It prevents the breakdown of a chemical called acetylcholine.

When should Rivastigmine not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category B :

Animal studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and appropriate studies on pregnant women are lacking.

What is the dosage of Rivastigmine?

The starting dose (rivastigmine tartrate) is 1.5 mg twice a day (BID).

How should Rivastigmine be taken?

It comes as a capsule to take by mouth, with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Rivastigmine?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of kidney problems, certain heart problems, seizures, stomach or bowel problems, lung or breathing problems, urinary blockage, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause dizziness, drowsiness, or fainting, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Rivastigmine?

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, dyspepsia, anorexia, headache, drowsiness, weight loss, asthenia. Agitation, confusion, depression, sweating. Gastrointestinal haemorrhage. Potential for baldder outflow obstruction.

What are the other precautions for Rivastigmine?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Rivastigmine?

Store it at room temperature and in an airtight container.

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