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When first starting treatment for Alzheimer's or Parkinson's dementia, dosing starts at one 4.6-mg/24-hour Exelon patch applied once daily. If you tolerate the medicine well, your healthcare provider may increase your dose to one 9.5-mg/24-hour patch after four weeks. Exelon Patch treatment guidelines suggest starting over at a lower amount if the drug is stopped for a while.

Exelon Patch Dosing: An Introduction

The dose of Exelon® Patch (rivastigmine patch) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • How you respond to the patch
  • Other medications you may take
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
     
As is always the case, do not adjust your Exelon Patch dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
 

Exelon Patch Dosing for Alzheimer's or Parkinson's Dementia

The starting dose of the Exelon Patch for Alzheimer's or Parkinson's dementia is one 4.6-mg/24-hour patch applied once daily. After four weeks (if you tolerate the patch well), your healthcare provider should increase your dose to one 9.5-mg/24-hour patch applied once daily.
 
After another four weeks, your healthcare may increase the dosage again (to one 13.3-mg/24-hour patch applied once daily) if necessary. This is the maximum recommended dose. If you develop bothersome or severe Exelon Patch side effects, your healthcare provider may recommend that you stop using the patch for a short while and then restart at the same or lower dose. If at any time you stop using the Exelon Patch for an extended period, you must start over at the lower dose.
 
The typical effective (target) dose for mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease is a 9.5- or 13.3-mg/24-hour patch applied once daily. For severe Alzheimer's disease, the target dose is a 13.3-mg/24-hour patch applied once daily.
 
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