Exelon Patch (Rivastigmine) Customer Reviews

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Rivastigmine transdermal patches are prescribed for the treatment of dementia in individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. This medication is additionally utilized for managing dementia in patients affected by Parkinson’s disease. Rivastigmine belongs to a pharmacological class known as cholinesterase inhibitors, acting to enhance cognitive function, including memory and thinking abilities, by augmenting the levels of a specific endogenous substance within the brain.

Uses and Dosage

Transdermal rivastigmine is administered through a patch that is applied to the skin, typically once a day. Adhere to a consistent application time each day.

Strictly adhere to the prescribed usage of the rivastigmine skin patch, neither applying it more frequently nor less frequently than directed by your doctor.

Initially, your doctor will likely initiate treatment with a low dosage of rivastigmine, gradually increasing the dosage at intervals of no less than four weeks.

While transdermal rivastigmine may enhance cognitive functions, such as thinking and memory, or slow the decline of these abilities, it does not provide a cure for Alzheimer’s disease or dementia associated with Parkinson’s disease. Even if you feel well, continue using transdermal rivastigmine and consult your doctor before discontinuing its use.

When applying the patch, ensure the targeted area of the skin is clean, dry, and relatively devoid of hair. Avoid applying the patch on open wounds, cuts, irritated or red skin, or areas affected by rashes or other dermatological conditions. Avoid placing the patch where tight clothing might cause friction. To prevent skin irritation, select a different area each day for patch application. Prior to applying a new patch, ensure that the previous one is removed, and refrain from using the same site for at least 14 days.

In the event that the patch becomes loose or falls off, promptly replace it with a new one. Remove the new patch at the original scheduled time of removal for the previous patch.

While wearing a rivastigmine patch, take precautions to shield it from direct sources of heat, such as heating pads, electric blankets, heat lamps, saunas, hot tubs, and heated water beds. Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight should also be avoided for the patch.

Side Effects

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • loss of appetite
  • stomach pain
  • weight loss
  • depression
  • headache
  • anxiety
  • dizziness
  • weakness
  • excessive tiredness
  • difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • tremor or worsening tremor

Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:

  • black and tarry stools
  • red blood in stools
  • bloody vomit
  • vomiting material that looks like coffee grounds
  • difficulty urinating
  • painful urination
  • seizures


Prior to initiating rivastigmine treatment, inform your doctor or pharmacist about any allergies you have, including any previous serious allergic reactions experienced with the use of the patch. Additionally, disclose any other allergies you may have, as this product may contain inactive ingredients that could trigger allergic reactions or other complications.

Before using this medication, provide your doctor or pharmacist with your complete medical history, particularly if you have a history of respiratory or lung issues, gastrointestinal problems, heart problems, fainting episodes, seizures, difficulties with urination, or liver disease.

Rivastigmine has the potential to cause a condition that affects the heart rhythm called QT prolongation. QT prolongation can rarely lead to serious rapid or irregular heartbeat, as well as other symptoms that require immediate medical attention. The risk of QT prolongation may be heightened if you have certain medical conditions or are taking other medications that are known to cause QT prolongation. Low levels of potassium or magnesium in the blood can also increase the risk of QT prolongation. This risk may be further elevated if you are taking certain drugs (such as diuretics or “water pills”) or if you are experiencing conditions like severe sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting.

This medication may cause dizziness or drowsiness. The consumption of alcohol or marijuana can intensify these effects. Refrain from driving, operating machinery, or engaging in activities that require alertness until you can do so safely.

While wearing the rivastigmine patch, avoid exposing it to direct heat sources, such as prolonged exposure to sunlight, heating pads, electric blankets, heat lamps, saunas, and hot tubs. Heat can potentially increase the release of the medication into your body, elevating the risk of side effects.

If you are scheduled for an MRI test, inform the testing personnel that you are using the rivastigmine patch. Some patches may contain metals that can cause severe burns during an MRI. Consult your doctor to determine if you need to remove the patch before the test and how to properly apply a new patch afterward.

Older adults may be more susceptible to the side effects of this medication, particularly QT prolongation.

During pregnancy, use this medication only when clearly necessary. Discuss the potential risks and benefits with your doctor.

It is unknown whether this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Form and Strength

Exelon Patch is available in the following forms and strengths:

  • Exelon Patch patch:

    • 4.6mg/24h
    • 9.5mg/24hr
    • 13.3mg/24hr
  • rivastigmine patch:

    • 4.6mg/24h
    • 9.5mg/24hr


How long does it take for the Exelon Patch to work?

The Exelon Patch may take several weeks to begin working, and individual response varies.

How long can you be on a single Exelon Patch?

After 24 hours, remove the patch. Do not leave the patch on for more than 24 hours. It will not work as well after that time and it may irritate your skin.


  1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/rivastigmine-transdermal-route/proper-use/drg-20071170#:~:text=Do%20not%20leave%20the%20patch,with%20the%20sticky%20sides%20together
  2. https://www.medbroadcast.com/drug/getdrug/exelon-patch
  3. https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-148821/exelon-transdermal/details
  4. https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a607078.html
  5. https://www.drugs.com/cdi/exelon-rivastigmine-patch.html

Additional information

Generic name:





4.6mg/24hr, 9.5mg/24hr, 13.3mg/24hr

Quantities Available:

30, 60, 90

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