Rivastigmine is commonly used for dementia in Alzheimer's disease. It can help to slow down the progression of memory loss and stabilize memory function for a period of time. However, it does not reverse the disease nor provide a cure for dementia.
It may be given to you for other reasons. Do check with your doctor what you are taking/using this for.
All medicines may cause side effects. However, many people do not experience them.
Most of the side effects listed here will improve with time. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist if they persist, become bothersome or worsen.
Do not drive or operate any machinery.
Discuss with your doctor if you can take your medicine at a different time of the day.
Avoid daytime naps. Limit caffeine intake. Keep a regular sleeping schedule. Instead of looking at electronic screens before bedtime, choose other relaxing activities such as reading a book or listening to calm music.
Serious side effects
Seek medical help as soon as possible if you have any of the following signs or symptoms.
Take note that the side effects listed here are not exhaustive. Do seek medical attention if you have other symptoms that you think may be related to the medicine.
What do I need to tell my doctor before I take/use this medicine?
This medicine may interact with a number of medicines. Inform your doctor if you are taking other medicines or supplements.
Take/Use this medicine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the instructions on the medicine label or as advised by the pharmacist.
If you are taking the capsules
If you are using the patches
This medicine may not have an effect immediately. It may take up to a few weeks before the medication can exert its full effects. Continue taking/using it regularly to benefit from it.
Check with your doctor on the duration of treatment that is suitable for you.
Do not stop taking/using this medicine abruptly or change the dose without consulting your doctor.
Avoid taking alcohol while you are on this medicine.
If you are taking the capsule
If you are using the patch:
If you take/use more of this medicine then prescribed by your doctor, please consult your doctor immediately.
Throw away any unused or expired medicines. Inform your medical professional with respect to how to safely dispose of any excess medicines/expired medicines.
What are the things I need to know or look out for while on this medicine?