Chemical Name: Rivastigmine (riv-a-STIG-meen)
Exelon is used to treat the symptoms of mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease. Exelon will not cure Alzheimer's disease, and it will not stop the disease from getting worse. However, Exelon can improve thinking ability in some patients with Alzheimer's disease.
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medication includes abdominal or stomach pain or cramping, bloated full feeling, confusion, constipation, mental depression, dizziness, fatigue, headache, seeing, hearing or feeling things that are not there and trouble in sleeping.
Product Code: 1517
What is a Generic Drug?
A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.