Rivastigmine is used to treat symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, such as confusion or memory loss.
Use rivastigmine regularly as directed. Apply the patch to a clean, dry, hairless area of skin (such as the chest, back or upper arm). When you have removed the old patch, apply the new one in a different place to prevent irritating your skin. Do not cut the patch.
If you forget to change the patch, remove the old patch and apply a new one as soon as possible. Then apply your next patch at your normal time.
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|
Coughing or vomiting of blood, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, red or black bowel motions
Symptoms of a slow or irregular heartbeat including: feeling your heart skips a beat, dizziness or fainting
|Tell your doctor immediately|
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, indigestion, change of appetite, weight loss
Red or itchy skin where patch has been applied
|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 MyMedicines Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Te Whatu Ora - Waitaha, New Zealand. March 2023
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