What Is Exelon (Rivastigmine), How Does It Work and When Is It Used?

Dr. Paul Aisen answers the question: 'Using Exelon for Alzheimer's Disease?'

May 4, 2009 -- Question: What is Exelon (rivastigmine), how does it work and when is it used?

Answer: Exelon is the brand name of rivastigamine, another of the cholinesterase inhibitors. As with Aricept and Razadyne, use of Exelon provides a modest improvement of the cognitive symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. That is, people with Alzheimer's who take Exelon can expect some significant improvement in memory and other aspects of cognition, such as language and ability to perform activities of daily living.

In addition, Exelon is often used to reduce the likelihood that behavioral problems in Alzheimer's disease will occur. That is, it may be particularly effective in people who are prone to agitation and other behavioral symptoms.