Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Rivastigmine

  • John C. Courtney
  • Cristy Akins
  • Efrain Antonio GonzalezEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_1704

Generic Name

Rivastigmine

Brand Name

Exelon and Exelon Patch

Class

Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors, central; cholinesterase inhibitors

Proposed Mechanism(s) of Action

Reversibly binds to acetylcholinesterase and butyrylcholinesterase, thus inhibiting the breakdown of acetylcholine

Indication

Alzheimer disease and Parkinson disease

Off-Label Use

Memory disorder, mild cognitive impairment

Side Effects

Serious

Seizures and syncope

Common

Vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, appetite disturbance, weight loss, headache, dizziness, sweating, and asthenia

References and Readings

  1. Physicians’ desk reference (71st ed.) (2017). Montvale: Thomson PDR.Google Scholar
  2. Stahl, S. (2007). Essential psychopharmacology: The prescriber’s guide (2nd ed.). New York: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar

Additional Information

  1. Free Drug Online and PDA Software. www.epocrates.com
  2. Free Drug Online and PDA Software. www.medscape.com

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • John C. Courtney
    • 1
  • Cristy Akins
    • 2
  • Efrain Antonio Gonzalez
    • 3
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Socorro Mental HealthPresbyterian Medical ServicesSocorroUSA
  2. 2.Mercy Family CenterMetairieUSA
  3. 3.College of PsychologyNova Southeastern UniversityFort LauderdaleUSA
  4. 4.Utah State UniversityLoganUSA