(also known as rivastigmin)
Why do I need this medicine?
Rivastigmine patch helps to reduce symptoms of dementia such as memory loss, confusion, and problems with thinking and reasoning in Alzheimer’s disease (a progressive disease which destroys memory and other important mental functions).
Rivastigmine patch cannot cure Alzheimer’s disease, but it can improve the quality of life for people who have these illnesses.
How do I use this medicine?
Apply Rivastigmine patch on your skin exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not use it for a longer period of time than instructed by your doctor.
Rivastigmine patch should be applied once a day to clean, dry, hairless, intact healthy skin on the upper or lower back, upper arm or chest, in a place which will not be rubbed by tight clothing. After removing the protective liner of the patch, place the sticky side of the patch on the application site then press down the patch firmly for at least 30 seconds using the palm of the hand until the edges stick well. Do not apply the patch to red, irritated, or cut skin.
Replace the patch every 24 hours. The site of application of the patch can be change daily to avoid possible skin irritations. For example, if you put the patch on your upper back on the first day, put it on your lower back on the second day, and so on. Do not apply the patch to the same area of skin for more than 14 days.
Do not cut the patch. The release pattern of the medicine will be affected if you cut the patch Wash your hands with soap and water before and after handling the patch.
Rivastigmine patch must be used regularly for it to be effective. Continue using the patch even when there are signs of improvement. Do not stop using it unless instructed by the doctor.