Information about Rivastigmine

Rivastigmine Uses

Rivastigmine is used in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

How Rivastigmine works

Memory loss in Alzheimer’s disease occurs due to disturbances of signal transmission in the brain. Rivastigmine is a cholinesterase inhibitor. It works by increasing the levels of a chemical messenger (acetylcholine) involved in transmmission of nerve signals. This improves memory and thinking.

Common side effects of Rivastigmine

Nausea, Vomiting, Indigestion, Loss of appetite
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Expert advice for Rivastigmine

  • You have been prescribed Rivastigmine to slow down the progression of Alzheimer's disease.
  • It does not cure Alzheimer's disease but may help improve brain function and ability to do daily activities.
  • It may cause diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. Drink plenty of fluids to keep yourself hydrated while taking Rivastigmine.
  • Do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how Rivastigmine affects you.
  • Be cautious while taking this medicine if you suffer from peptic ulcer as it may cause vomiting, stomach bleeding, stomach pain, or discomfort.
  • Inform your doctor if you experience seizures or convulsions while taking this medicine.

Frequently asked questions for Rivastigmine


Q. How long does Rivastigmine take to work?

Rivastigmine may take as long as 12 weeks to start showing its effect. The effect of the medicine on each individual may differ. The clinical benefits of Rivastigmine should be assessed regularly. If after 12 weeks of treatment the symptoms do not improve, stop the medication and consult your doctor.

Q. How should Rivastigmine be taken?

Always take the medicine as directed by your doctor. Usually Rivastigmine is prescribed to be taken twice a day, in the morning and evening, with food. Swallow the whole capsule with water; do not open or crush the capsule. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

Q. Is it okay to take antacids while taking Rivastigmine?

Yes, antacids can be taken while taking Rivastigmine as they do not interfere with the working of Rivastigmine. Moreover, Rivastigmine may cause increased acid secretion in the stomach in some patients. Your doctor may prescribe an antacid to relieve this acidity.

Q. What will happen if I take more than the recommended doses of Rivastigmine?

Taking more than the recommended doses of Rivastigmine may cause diarrhea, abdominal pain, dizziness, tremor, headache, sleepiness, hallucinations and malaise. An overdose may also cause confusion, increased sweating and increase in blood pressure. In case you take an overdose of Rivastigmine or if you experience any such symptoms, seek immediate medical attention.

Q. Does Rivastigmine cause drowsiness?

Yes, Rivastigmine can cause drowsiness or sleepiness, especially at the start of treatment or when increasing the dose. If you feel dizzy or sleepy, do not drive, use machines or perform any tasks that require your attention. If dizziness continues and bothers you, consult your doctor.

Q. Can I stop taking Rivastigmine?

You should not stop or change the dose of Rivastigmine without consulting your doctor. However, if treatment is interrupted for more than 3 days, do not continue the medicine without consulting your doctor. The doctor will re-initiate the treatment with a low dose twice a day. The dose can then be increased gradually as was done previously.

Q. Can Rivastigmine cause hallucinations?

Yes, Rivastigmine can cause hallucinations. However, hallucinations are reported very rarely with the use of Rivastigmine, which means they occur in very few people. It may usually occur shortly after dose modification. If you do not feel well, consult your doctor.


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