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Rivastigmine

Uses

This drug is prescribed for the treatment of dementia associated with Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease.

IUPAC name: [3-[(1S)-1-(dimethylamino)ethyl]phenyl] N-ethyl-N-methylcarbamate

Drug class: Cognition enhancers; cholinergic activators

Route of administration: Oral and transdermal patch

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Is it a drug that needs a prescription? YES

Is it an OTC drug? NO

Mechanism of action

This medicine inhibits cholinesterase. It enhances memory and thinking by raising the levels of acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter) in the brain.

 Side effects

It may result in a variety of side effects, including headache, indigestion, dizziness, sleepiness, nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite, tremors, weakness, agitation, anxiety, stomach pain, restlessness, exhaustion, and seizures.

Precautions

Before using this medication, take the following precautions and notify your doctor:

If you are allergic to it or to other cerebroactive drugs, or if you have any other allergies,

If you are taking any other medication (prescribed, non-prescribed, or herbal products),

If you have a history of lung/breathing issues (COPD-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, sleep apnea), cardiac disease, ulcers, irregular heart rate, hepatic disease, kidney problems, seizures (fits), urinating issues, fainting,

If you have undergone any type of surgery,

Limit your alcohol usage since it increases your chances of developing blurred vision, dizziness, or drowsiness. It may also cause a loss of alertness.

If you are pregnant, talk to your doctor. 

Consult your doctor if you are breastfeeding.

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