Rivastigmine is used to treat symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, such as confusion or memory loss.
Take rivastigmine regularly as directed with food and a glass of water.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and carry on as normal. Do not take two doses at the same time.
Some medicines available without a prescription may react with rivastigmine including:
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Blood in sputum, vomit or bowel motions
Change in heartbeat, chest pain, fainting
|Tell your doctor immediately|
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, change of appetite, weight loss
Headache, dizziness, tiredness or weakness, tremor
Low mood, trouble sleeping
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. January 2020
For more general information about this sheet annd its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?
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