Exelon is taken by patients to treat dementia or confusion linked to such serious conditions as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. However, this medication doesn’t treat them, because it only improves people’s awareness, memory and ability to perform everyday functions. Exelon works by restoring the right balance of neurotransmitters in the brain.
How to Use It Correctly
This medication should be taken orally with regular meals, usually only twice a day (in the morning and in the evening). The right dosage is prescribed based on a medical condition and individual tolerance. To decrease a possible risk of unwanted side effects, most patients start this treatment at lower doses that can be gradually increased over a few weeks. However, the maximum recommended dose for adult patients is 6 mg twice a day. Take Exelon at the same time each time on a regular basis to get its full benefit and don’t stop its intake without consulting doctors. If you don’t take this medicine for 3 or more days, call your physician before starting its use again, because you may need a lower dose.
Mild and Serious Side Effects
Just like other drugs, Exelon is responsible for causing certain side effects, but most of them are mild and don’t affect many patients, including:
Vomiting and nausea;
Sudden weight loss and loss of appetite;
Unusual weakness and tremors;
Dizziness and drowsiness.
These symptoms usually occur when patients start taking this drug, because their bodies need to adjust to it or when regular doses are changed. So, they pass away once the human body adjusts to its active ingredient. If any of the above-mentioned side effects worsen or persist, you need to contact your physician. The good news is that severe adverse reactions are quite rare when taking Exelon, but they all require immediate medical help. Stop its intake and go to the hospital once you develop the following troubling symptoms:
Fainting and seizures;
Irregular or slow heartbeats;
Trouble urinating and fainting;
Black stools and severe vomiting;
Abdominal and stomach pain.
Serious allergic reactions are rare when taking Exelon, and they are linked to such signs as itching, severe dizziness, swelling and trouble breathing.
Before starting this treatment, inform doctors if you have any possible allergic reactions to this drug and other serious medical conditions, such as lung or breathing issues, heart diseases, intestinal and stomach complications, seizures, fainting and urination problems. Exelon can make you feel drowsy or dizzy, so you shouldn’t drive or do other things that require your full attention.
They are dangerous, because they change the way Exelon works and lead to severe side effects. Make sure that you don’t combine it with such medications as metoclopramide and NSAIDs. Tell doctors about any other pharmaceutical products that you’re using, including herbal supplements.