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CAS Registry Number 129101-54-8
Rivastigmine Tartrate often causes nausea and vomiting, especially at
the beginning of treatment. The problem is more likely in women, but it can
lead to significant weight loss in both women and men. Tell your doctor
immediately if these side effects occur.
The chance of severe vomiting increases when Rivastigmine Tartrate is given
after an interruption of several days. Do not start giving the drug again
without first checking with the doctor. Dosage may need to be reduced to the
lowest starting level.
Rivastigmine Tartrate may aggravate asthma and other breathing problems and
can increase the risk of seizures. Other drugs of its type are also known to
increase the chance of ulcers, stomach bleeding, and urinary obstruction,
although these problems have not been noted with Rivastigmine Tartrate.
Drugs in this category can also slow the heartbeat, possibly causing
fainting in people who have a heart condition. Contact your doctor if any of
these problems occur.
Rivastigmine Tartrate has not been tested in children.
USES: Rivastigmine is used to treat mild to moderate confusion
(dementia) related to Alzheimer's disease. It is also used to treat mild to
moderate confusion (dementia) related to Parkinson's disease. Rivastigmine
does not cure either of these diseases, but it may improve memory,
awareness, and the ability to perform daily functions. This medication works
by restoring the balance of natural substances (neurotransmitters) in the
brain. HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth with food, usually twice
daily in the morning and evening or as directed by your doctor. In order to
minimize nausea and vomiting, your dosage will be gradually increased to
your target dose. Your dosage is based on your medical condition and
response to therapy. Do not take more than the maximum recommended dose of
12 milligrams per day.
SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, loss of appetite,
diarrhea, weakness, headache, dizziness, drowsiness, and shakiness may
occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor or
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking rivastigmine, tell your doctor or
pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical
history, especially of: stomach/intestinal problems (e.g., ulcers,
bleeding), heart problems (e.g., sick sinus syndrome, conduction disorders),
breathing/lung problems (e.g., asthma, COPD-chronic obstructive pulmonary
disease), seizures, problems urinating (e.g., due to enlarged prostate).
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If
it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your
usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
STORAGE: Store at room temperature (77 degrees F or 25 degrees C)
away from light and moisture. Brief storage between 59-86 degrees F (15-30
degrees C) is permitted. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines
away from children and pets.