EXELON is very useful in treating Alzheimer or Parkinson disease and by blocking the enzyme that destroys acetylcholine, exelon increases the concentration of acetylcholine in the brain, and this increase is believed to be responsible for the improvement in thinking seen with exelon.
Following the dosage instructions of your doctor is the best way to use any medication. If you are unsure or do not remember the instructions then you may read the medicine label for more detailed information.
Take EXELON with a meal to avoid an upset stomach.
It is very important that you complete the dosage schedule and do not interrupt it in between without seeking prior consultation from your doctor.
Drugs with anticholinergic effects and which cross into the brain, such as atropine, benztropine (Cogentin), and trihexyphenidyl (Artane) oppose the effects of exelon and should be avoided while taking exelon. Taking your medication at the same time each day is a tried and tested method to avoid missing any doses.
Drug Class and Mechanism
EXELON falls under cholinesterase inhibitors and by blocking the enzyme that destroys acetylcholine, exelon increases the concentration of acetylcholine in the brain, and this increase is believed to be responsible for the improvement in thinking seen with exelon.
Despite your best attempts at remembering, if you still miss out on a dose, then take it as soon as you remember about it. But keep in mind that you will have to adjust your next dose by spacing it out by 4 to 5 hours. If this is not possible, then the best thing to do would be to skip the missed dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Store EXELON at room temperature below 77 degrees F(25 degrees C) (read medicine label if unsure). Always keep it in a cool dark place that is not directly exposed to sources of heat or moisture and sunlight. Protect it from kids and pets.
Doctors advise against using EXELON if you are allergic to any ingredient in it.
Discuss your past/current medical history in detail with your doctor before beginning treatment with any new medication. If you are using any herbal supplements or over the counter medication, including vitamin pills, then mention it to your doctor.
EXELON may increase the risk of getting dizziness or drowsiness. This risk greatly increases if you combine it with alcoholic beverages. So please avoid them while using EXELON. Also, avoid undertaking any tasks which require mental alertness (driving, handling heavy machinery etc).
If you are expecting a child or are planning to have a child in the near future, then consult your doctor before using EXELON to discuss any possible threats to the unborn baby.
If you are a nursing mother and breast feed your baby, then too, seek consultation before using EXELON as some drugs are excreted in the breast milk and may enter the baby.
Most medications have some kind of side effects associated with them. The commonest of these side effects are temporary and mild and fade away without any special attention.
These include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, dizziness, drowsiness, increased sweating, tremor, weakness, unusual fatigue, weight loss, stomach pain, indigestion, or gas.
However, in some cases, these mild side effects may persist or become bothersome. In such cases, seek medical attention.
Side effects that are not listed here may also occur.