Exelon Patch Side Effects

Nausea, vomiting, and decreased appetite are the most commonly reported Exelon Patch side effects. Those that were seen in less than 1 percent of people (and which may or may not be related to the medication) include high cholesterol, glaucoma, and eczema. Certain side effects of the Exelon Patch are potentially serious and require immediate medical attention, such as depression, difficulty urinating, and seizures.

An Introduction to Exelon Patch Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with the Exelon® Patch (rivastigmine patch); however, not everyone who uses the medication will experience side effects. In fact, many people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, they are often minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with the Exelon Patch. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Exelon Patch side effects with you.)

Common Exelon Patch Side Effects

The Exelon Patch has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these trials, one group of people was given the real medication, while another group was given a placebo (a patch with no active ingredients). This way, it is possible to see what side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the group who took the placebo.
It is important to note that these studies sometimes used an Exelon Patch dosage that is higher than is currently recommended, which increases the risk of side effects.
In these studies, the most common side effects of the Exelon Patch included:
  • Nausea -- in up to 21 percent of people
  • Vomiting -- up to 19 percent
  • Agitation -- up to 14 percent
  • Skin reaction at the patch site -- up to 13 percent
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI) -- up to 10 percent
  • Diarrhea -- up to 10 percent
  • Decreased appetite -- up to 9 percent
  • Experiencing a fall -- up to 8 percent
  • Weight loss -- up to 8 percent (see Exelon Patch and Weight Loss).
Other common side effects, occurring in 2 to 7 percent of people, included:
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