What is it and how is it used?

The active substance of Exelon is rivastigmine.

Rivastigmine belongs to a class of substances called cholinesterase inhibitors.

Exelon is used for the treatment of memory disorders in patients with Alzheimer?s disease. It is also used for the treatment of dementia in patients with Parkinson?s disease.

What do you have to consider before using it?

Do not take Exelon

  • if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to rivastigmine (the active substance in Exelon) or to any of the other ingredients of Exelon listed in section 6 of this leaflet. If this applies to you, tell your doctor and do not take Exelon.
Take special care with Exelon

  • if you have, or have ever had, irregular heartbeat.
  • if you have, or have ever had, an active stomach ulcer.
  • if you have, or have ever had, difficulties in passing urine.
  • if you have, or have ever had, seizures.
  • if you have, or have ever had, asthma or severe respiratory disease.
  • if you have, or have ever had impaired kidney function.
  • if you have, or have ever had, impaired liver function.
  • if you suffer from trembling.
  • if you have a low body weight.
  • if you have gastrointestinal reactions such as feeling sick (nausea), being sick (vomiting) and diarrhoea. You may become dehydrated (losing too much fluid) if vomiting or diarrhoea are prolonged.

If any of these apply to you, your doctor may need to monitor you more closely while you are on this medicine.

If you have not taken Exelon for several days, do not take the next dose until you have talked to your doctor.

The use of Exelon in children and adolescents (age below 18 years) is not recommended.

Taking other medicines

Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.

Exelon should not be given at the same time as other medicines with similar effects to Exelon. Exelon might interfere with anticholinergic medicines (medicines used to relieve stomach cramps or spasms, to treat Parkinson?s disease or to prevent travel sickness).

If you have to undergo surgery whilst taking Exelon, tell your doctor before you are given any anaesthetics, because Exelon may exaggerate the effects of somemuscle relaxants during anaesthesia.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment. It is preferable to avoid the use of Exelon during pregnancy, unless clearly necessary.

You should not breast-feed during treatment with Exelon.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.

Driving and using machines
Your doctor will tell you whether your illness allows you to drive vehicles and use machines safely. Exelon may cause dizziness and somnolence, mainly at the start of treatment or when increasing the dose. If you feel dizzy or sleepy, do not drive, use machines or perform any tasks that require your attention.

How is it used?

Always take Exelon exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

How to start treatment

Your doctor will tell you what dose of Exelon to take.
- Treatment usually starts with a low dose.
- Your doctor will slowly increase your dose depending on how you respond to treatment. - The highest dose that should be taken is 6.0 mg twice a day.

Your doctor will regularly check if the medicine is working for you. Your doctor will also monitor your weight whilst you are taking this medicine.

If you have not taken Exelon for several days, do not take the next dose until you have talked to your doctor.

Taking this medicine Tell your caregiver that you are taking Exelon. To benefit from your medicine, take it every day. Take Exelon twice a day, in the morning and evening, with food. Swallow the capsules whole with a drink. Do not open or crush the capsules.

If you take more Exelon than you should
If you accidentally take more Exelon than you should, inform your doctor. You may require medical attention. Some people who have accidentally taken too much Exelon have experienced feeling sick (nausea), being sick (vomiting), diarrhoea, high blood pressure and hallucinations. Slow heartbeat and fainting may also occur.

If you forget to take Exelon
If you find you have forgotten to take your dose of Exelon, wait and take the next dose at the usual time. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.

What are possible side effects?

Like all medicines, Exelon can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

You may have side effects more often when you start your medicine or when your dose is increased. Usually, the side effects will slowly go awayas your body gets used to the medicine.

The frequencies are defined as:
Very common (affects more than 1 patient in 10)
Common (affects 1 to 10 patients in 100)
Uncommon (affects 1 to 10 patients in 1,000)
Rare (affects 1 to 10 patients in 10,000)
Very rare (affects less than 1 patient in 10,000)
Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data)

Very common
- Feeling dizzy
- Loss of appetite
- Stomach problems such as feeling sick (nausea) or being sick (vomiting), diarrhoea

Common Anxiety Sweating Headache Heartburn Weight loss Stomach pain Feeling agitated Feeling tired or weak Generally feeling unwell Trembling or feeling confused

Uncommon Depression Difficulty in sleeping Fainting or accidentally falling Changes in how well your liver is working

Rare Chest pain Rash, itching Fits seizures Ulcers in your stomach or intestine

Very rare High blood pressure Urinary tract infection Seeing things that are not there hallucinations Problems with your heartbeat such as fast or slow heartbeat Bleeding in the gut shows as blood in stools or when being sick Inflammation of the pancreas the signs include serious upper stomach pain, often with feeling sick nausea or being sick vomiting The signs of Parkinsons disease get worse or getting similar signs such as stiff muscles, difficulty in carrying out movements

Not known
- Being violently sick (vomiting) that can cause tearing of the tube that connects your mouth with your stomach (oesophagus)
- Dehydration (losing too much fluid)
- Liver disorders (yellow skin, yellowing of the whites of eyes, abnormal darkening of the urine or unexplained nausea, vomiting, tiredness and loss of appetite)
- Aggression, feeling restless
- Uneven heartbeat

Patients with dementia and Parkinson?s disease

These patients have some side effects more often. They also have some additional side effects:

Very common

- Trembling

Common Anxiety Feeling restless Slow heartbeat Difficulty in sleeping Too much saliva and dehydration Unusually slow movements or movements you cannot control The signs of Parkinsons disease get worse or getting similar signs such as stiff muscles, difficulty in carrying out movements

Uncommon

- Uneven heartbeat and poor control of movements

Other side effects seen with Exelon transdermal patches and which may occur with the hard capsules:

Common

- Fever
- Severe confusion

If you get any of these side effects, contact your doctor as you may need medical assistance.

If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

How should it be stored?

Keep out of the reach and sight of children.

Do not use Exelon after the expiry date which is stated on the carton. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.

Do not store above 30°C.

Further information

What Exelon contains

  • The active substance is rivastigmine hydrogen tartrate.
  • The other ingredients are: hypromellose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, colloidal anhydrous silica, gelatin, yellow iron oxide (E172), red iron oxide (E172) and titanium dioxide (E171).

Each Exelon 1.5 mg capsule contains 1.5 mg of rivastigmine.
Each Exelon 3.0 mg capsule contains 3.0 mg of rivastigmine.
Each Exelon 4.5 mg capsule contains 4.5 mg of rivastigmine.
Each Exelon 6.0 mg capsule contains 6.0 mg of rivastigmine.

What Exelon looks like and contents of the pack

  • Exelon 1.5 mg hard capsules, which contain an off-white to slightly yellow powder, have a yellow cap and yellow body, with red imprint ?EXELON 1,5 mg? on the body.
  • Exelon 3.0 mg hard capsules, which contain an off-white to slightly yellow powder, have an orange cap and orange body, with a red imprint ?EXELON 3 mg? on the body.
  • Exelon 4.5 mg hard capsules, which contain an off-white to slightly yellow powder, have a red cap and red body, with a white imprint ?EXELON 4,5 mg? on the body.
  • Exelon 6.0 mg hard capsules, which contain an off-white to slightly yellow powder, have a red cap and orange body, with a red imprint ?EXELON 6 mg? on the body. They are packed in blisters available in three different pack sizes (28, 56 or 112 capsules) and plastic bottles of 250 capsules, but these may not all be available in your country.

Marketing Authorisation holder
Novartis Europharm Limited
Wimblehurst Road
Horsham
West Sussex, RH12 5AB
United Kingdom

Manufacturer
Novartis Farmacéutica, S.A.
Planta de Producción
Ronda de Santa Maria 158
E-08210 Barberà del Vallès, Barcelona
Spain

For any information about this medicine, please contact the local representative of the Marketing Authorisation Holder:

BelgiëBelgiqueBelgien Novartis Pharma N.V. TélTel 32 2 246 16 11 LuxembourgLuxemburg Novartis Pharma GmbH TélTel 49 911 273 0

Novartis Pharma Services Inc. . 359 2 489 98 28 Magyarország Novartis Hungária Kft. Pharma Tel. 36 1 457 65 00

eská republika Novartis s.r.o. Tel 420 225 775 111 Malta Novartis Pharma Services Inc. Tel 356 2298 3217

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Tel: +370 5 269 16 50

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