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The Rivastigmine Patch: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using the patch if you have:
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With the Rivastigmine Patch to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)

Rivastigmine Patch Drug Interactions

The rivastigmine patch can potentially interact with a number of other medicines (see Drug Interactions With the Rivastigmine Patch).

How Does the Rivastigmine Patch Work?

The rivastigmine patch is part of a group of medications known as acetylcholinesterase inhibitors. These medications work by preventing a specific enzyme, known as acetylcholinesterase, from breaking down acetylcholine in the brain.
Acetylcholine is a chemical that aids in many brain functions, including memory, attention, reason, and language. It is thought that problems with inadequate acetylcholine in the brain may contribute to some of the symptoms of dementia associated with Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease.
Rivastigmine products (including rivastigmine patches as well as capsules and liquid) are the only acetylcholinesterase inhibitors approved to treat dementia due to Parkinson's disease. The other medications in this class are approved to treat Alzheimer's dementia only.
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