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Brand Name: Exelon®
Active Ingredient:   rivastigmine tartrate
Strength(s): 1.5 mg, 3.0 mg, 4.5 mg, and 6.0 mg capsules 2mg/ml oral solution
Dosage Form(s):   Capsules and Oral Solution
Company Name:    Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Availability:         Prescription only
*Date Approved by FDA:   April 21, 2000
*Approval by FDA does not mean that the drug is available for consumers at this time.

What is Exelon used for? 

Exelon is used to treat mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease

Special Warnings with Exelon:

Exelon can cause serious nausea and vomiting. Exelon can also cause loss of appetite and weight loss.

What should I tell my doctor or health care provider? 

Tell your doctor if you have ever:

  • had a stomach ulcer
  • are taking NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)

What are some possible side effects of Exelon? (This is NOT a complete list of side effects reported with Exelon. Your health care provider can discuss with you a more complete list of side effects.)   

  • Nausea
  • Serious vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Indigestion
  • Weakness or lack of energy
  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Stomach pain

For more detailed information about Exelon, ask your health care provider.    Link to Exelon's Approved Label 

Posted: 7/31/01


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source: FDA

last update: December 2004

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