I am 59. Exactly what will the medication do to help or slow down the progression of illness. How many years does one have when they start this medication before they are not able to functions at a typical level?
I realize this answer is very late ... but may help someone in future.
Exelon (rivastigmine) improves the function of nerve cells in the brain. Rivastigmine works by preventing the breakdown of a chemical called acetylcholine. People with dementia usually have lower levels of this chemical, which is important for the processes of memory, thinking, and reasoning.
Exelon transdermal (skin patch) is used to treat mild to moderate dementia caused by Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease.
I don't know of anyone who has used Exelon so can't really comment on how long the effects will last for.
- Exelon Information for Consumers
- Exelon Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Exelon (detailed)
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