Exelon dosing guidelines take several factors into account, such as how you respond to the drug. The usual starting dose for the treatment of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's dementia is 1.5 mg twice a day. Your healthcare provider will gradually increase your Exelon dosage, usually every few weeks, until a safe and effective dose is reached (up to a maximum of 6 mg twice daily).
The dose of Exelon® (rivastigmine tartrate) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- How you respond to Exelon
- Other medications you may take
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so. This article refers to the oral forms of Exelon (capsules and oral solution). It also comes in patch form (see Exelon Patch Dosing for more information).
Exelon Dosage for Alzheimer's DementiaThe starting does of Exelon for the treatment of Alzheimer's is 1.5 mg twice daily. After two weeks, your healthcare provider may increase the dose to 3 mg twice daily. If necessary, your healthcare provider may further increase your dose to 4.5 mg twice daily after another two weeks. Finally, after another two weeks, if necessary (and if you tolerate the drug well), your healthcare provider may increase your dose up to the maximum recommended dose: Exelon 6 mg twice daily.
Let your healthcare provider know if you develop bothersome or severe Exelon side effects, such as severe nausea or vomiting. He or she may recommend stopping the drug for a short while and then restarting at the same or lower dose. If, at any time, you stop taking Exelon for an extended period, you must start over at the beginning dose and increase the dose slowly as before.