Rivastigmine Transdermal Alcohol Interaction

Rivastigmine Transdermal Alcohol

Rivastigmine transdermal is known to improve the function of nerve cells in the brain and works by preventing the breakdown of a chemical called acetylcholine. It is suspected that people with dementia usually have lower levels of this which is used for processes of memory, thinking and reasoning.

The drug is administered as a skin patch and is used to treat mild to moderate dementia caused by Alzeimerā€™s or Parkinson disease.

It is suggested that you discuss the consumption of alcohol with your physician while taking this drug.

At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.

If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.

If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.

Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.

Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.

When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.

Before using advise your physician if you are allergic to this drug or any other, if you have liver disease, recent weight loss, lack of appetite, heart rhythm disorder, slow heartbeat, history of stomach ulcer, enlarged prostate, urination problems, epilepsy, seizure disorder, asthma, tremors or uncontrolled muscle movements.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are diarrhea, stomach pain, headache, tired feeling, anxiety, depressed mood, redness, itching at the patch site, dizziness, spinning sensation or sleep problems. If thse occur call your physician for advice.

Serious side effects are nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, weight loss, bloody stools, coughing up granular blood, restless eye, tongue, jaw or neck movement, tremors, sudden numbness or weakness, headache, confusion, vision, speech, balance problems, pale skin, bruising or bleeding, confusion, hallucinations or pain and burning when urinating. If these occur get emergency medical help.

This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.

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