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Exelon

No Prescription

Exelon is prescribed to treat mild to moderate dementia caused by Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease.
Exelon improves mental function by increasing the amount of a certain natural substance in the brain.
Exelon is in a class of drugs called cholinesterase inhibitors.
Exelon is prescribed to treat dementia in people with Alzheimer's disease
Exelon is prescribed to treat dementia in people with Parkinson's disease .

Contraindications

Exelon is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- Difficulty passing urine;
- Heart disease, or irregular or slow heartbeat;
- Kidney disease;
- Liver disease;
- Lung or breathing disease, like asthma;
- Seizures;
- Stomach or intestine disease, ulcers, or stomach bleeding;
- An unusual or allergic reaction to Exelon, other drugs, foods, dyes, or preservatives;
- Pregnant or trying to get pregnant;
- Breast-feeding;
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to Exelon, neostigmine (Prostigmin), physostigmine (Antilirium, Isopto Eserine), pyridostigmine (Mestinon, Regonol), any other medications, or any of the ingredients in Exelon solution. Ask your pharmacist for a list of the ingredients..
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist what script and nonscript medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention any of the following: antihistamines aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn) bethanechol (Duvoid, Urabeth, Urecholine) ipratropium (Atrovent) and medications for Alzheimer's disease, glaucoma, irritable bowel disease, motion sickness, myasthenia gravis, Parkinson's disease, ulcers, or urinary problems. Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
- Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had asthma, an enlarged prostate or other condition that blocks the flow of urine, ulcers, abnormal heart beats, or other heartor lung disease.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking Exelon, call your doctor.

Interactions

Do not take Exelon with any of the following drugs:
- Antihistamines for allergy, cough and cold;
- Atropine;
- Certain drugs for bladder problems like oxybutynin, tolterodine;
- Certain drugs for Parkinson's disease like benztropine, trihexyphenidyl;
- Certain drugs for stomach problems like dicyclomine, hyoscyamine;
- Glycopyrrolate;
- Ipratropium;
- Certain drugs for travel sickness like scopolamine;
- Drugs that relax your muscles for surgery;
- Other drugs for Alzheimer's disease;

Side Effects

Exelon side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue;
- Changes in vision or balance;
- Feeling faint or lightheaded, falls;
- Increase in frequency of passing urine, or incontinence;
- Nervousness, agitation, or increased confusion;
- Redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth;
- Severe diarrhea;
- Slow heartbeat, or palpitations;
- Stomach pain;
- Sweating;
- Uncontrollable movements;
- Vomiting;
- Weight loss;
- Headache;
- Indigestion or heartburn;
- Loss of appetite;
- Mild diarrhea, especially when starting treatment;
- Nausea;
- Nausea;
- Vomiting;
- Loss of appetite;
- Heartburn or indigestion;
- Stomach pain;
- Weight loss;
- Diarrhea;
- Constipation;
- Weakness;
- Dizziness;
- Headache;
- Extreme tiredness;
- Lack of energy;
- Tremor or worsening of tremor;
- Increased sweating;
- Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep;

Overdose

Reported Exelon overdose symptoms are:
- Nausea;
- Vomiting;
- Increased saliva;
- Sweating;
- Slow heart beat;
- Inability to hold urine;
- Slowed thinking and movement;
- Dizziness;
- Fainting;
- Blurred vision;
- Difficulty breathing;
- Loss of consciousness;

Dosage

ADULTS

The usual starting dose is 1.5 mg 2 times a day for at least 2 weeks. At 2 week intervals, the doctor may then increase the dose to 3 mg, 4.5 mg, and finally 6.0 mg 2 times a day. Higher doses tend to be more effective. The maximum dosage is 12 mg daily.

If side effects such as nausea and vomiting begin to develop, the doctor may recommend skipping a few doses, then starting again at the same or the next lowest dosage.

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