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Rivamer (Rivastigmine Tartrate 3mg) 10 Capsules/Strip


Rivamer (Rivastigmine Tartrate 3mg) 10 Capsules/Strip

Rivamer (Rivastigmine 3mg)

 

Product Name
Rivamer (Rivastigmine Tartrate 3mg) 10 Capsules/Strip
Also known as Exelon
Active Ingredient
Rivastigmine Tartrate
Manufacturer
Sun Pharmaceuticals
Product Type
Cholinesterase inhibitor (Alzheimer’s)
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Rivamer capsules 3mg contain rivastigmine, a cholinesterase inhibitor used to treat Alzheimer's Disease and help improve cognitive function including thinking, reasoning, learning and memory.

Rivamer general information

What is Rivamer used for?

Rivamer capsules 3mg are used to treat mild to moderately severe Alzheimer's Disease, which is the most common form of dementia among older people.  Alzheimer's Disease is a progressive, irreversible, brain disease that leads to a gradual decline in cognitive function including thinking, reasoning, learning and memory, characterised by memory loss, language problems, difficulty remembering new information, and unpredictable behaviour.  Rivamer capsules 3mg can help slow down the progression of Alzheimer's Disease and loss of cognitive function, which improves symptoms and daily functioning in people living with Alzheimer's Disease, but they cannot prevent its progression or cure the disease.  

How does Rivamer work?

Rivamer capsules 3mg contain rivastigmine, a cholinesterase inhibitor that is used to treat Alzheimer's Disease.  The loss of cognitive function (attention, thinking, reasoning, learning and memory) that is associated with Alzheimer's Disease is caused by degeneration of brain cells, particularly those that produce the neurotransmitter acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter is a chemical that allows nerve cells to communicate).  Acetylcholine is continually released by brain cells in specific areas of the brain that control cognitive function and it is then degraded by the enzyme cholinesterase to prevent its build up in the synapses (gaps between neurones).  A feature of the brain associated with the development of Alzheimer's disease is the appearance of two abnormal structures.  Plaques are deposits of protein fragments called beta-amyloids that build up between neurons (nerve cells) and are generated by the destruction of amyloidogenic beta-amyloid-precursor protein (APP), the fragments of which form the amyloid plaques.  The other structure consists of tangles of twisted fibres of another protein called tau that build up inside dying nerve cells.  Plaques and tangles are thought to be responsible for damaging and killing nerve cells; followed by loss of connections between neurones in the brain.  The tangles and bundles start in the inner temporal lobes and the cerebral cortex and then the spread to other regions of the brain.  Rivastigmine in Rivamer capsules 3mg increases the level of acetylcholine in the brain by inhibiting the action of cholinesterase, which slows down the degradation of acetylcholine released by acetylcholine-producing neurones that are still functional and this increases levels of acetylcholine in the damaged areas of the brain.  It is also thought that inhibition of cholinesterase may slow the formation APP fragments and thereby of the amyloid plaques.  Rivamer capsules 3mg help restore cognitive processes of thinking, learning and memory, and improve daily functioning in people living with Alzheimer's disease, by slowing down the progression of the disease; but they cannot prevent its progression or cure the disease. 

What does Rivamer contain?

Rivamer capsules 3mg contain the active ingredient rivastigmine, a cholinesterase inhibitor that is used to treat Alzheimer's Disease. 

Treating Alzheimer's Disease with Rivamer

Rivamer capsules 3mg contain rivastigmine, a cholinesterase inhibitor that is used to treat mild to moderately severe dementia or Alzheimer's disease, a progressive and irreversible neurological disease, characterised by loss of cognitive function (thinking, reasoning, learning and memory), which leads to memory loss, language problems, difficulty remembering new information, and unpredictable behaviour.  Alzheimer's disease is caused by degeneration of brain cells that produce acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter released by neurones (nerve cells) in specifics areas of the brain that control cognitive function.  The balance between acetylcholine release and its degradation by the enzyme cholinesterase prevent its build up in the synapses (gaps between neurones).  Rivastigmine in Rivamer capsules 3mg increases the level of acetylcholine in the brain by inhibiting the action of cholinesterase, which slows down the degradation of acetylcholine released by acetylcholine-producing neurones that are still functional and this increases levels of acetylcholine in the damaged areas of the brain.  Rivamer capsules 3mg help restore the cognitive processes of thinking, learning and memory in people with Alzheimer's disease, providing symptom relief and improving daily functioning, by slowing down the progression of Alzheimer's disease but they cannot prevent its progression or cure the disease.    

What are the side effects of Rivamer?

The most commonly reported side effects when taking Rivamer capsules 3mg include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, weight loss, abdominal pain, indigestion, dizziness, anxiety, nightmares, mood changes such as agitation and confusion, increased sweating, fatigue, asthenia (weakness), malaise (feeling unwell).

When should Rivamer not be used?

You should not use Rivamer capsules 3mg if you:

  • are allergic to rivastigmine or other carbamate derivatives or any ingredients in Rivamer
  • are pregnant or are breastfeeding
  • have liver disease
  • are taking medicines that interact with Rivamer including cholinergic muscle relaxants during anaesthesia, like bethanecol, anticholinergic medicines, like medication for travel sickness, mental illness and stomach cramps

How should Rivamer be taken?

You should take your Rivamer capsules 3mg swallowed whole with a glass of water, twice daily, with food, preferably at morning and evening meal times.  Your doctor may increase your dose depending on your response and your condition.  You should continue to take your Rivamer capsules 3mg for as long as recommended by your doctor as they help to slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease but they do not cure it.

How long should you take Rivamer?

You should continue to take your Rivamer capsules 3mg for as long as recommended by your doctor as they help to slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease but they do not cure it.

Missed dose of Rivamer

If you miss a dose of Rivamer capsules 3mg take it as soon as you remember, unless it is time to take the next dose, then skip the missed dose.  Do not take a double dose.

How should Rivamer be stored?

You should store your Rivamer capsules 3mg below 25°C in a cool dry place and protect from moisture. 

 

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