Exelon Patch is the only mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease medicine that comes in the form of a patch. It releases medication smoothly and continuously for 24 hours. And since it's a patch, it may be ideal if your loved one has trouble swallowing pills. Most pills have to be taken with meals. Exelon Patch doesn't. It's absorbed through the skin, bypassing the digestive tract.
By writing the date and time on the patch, caregivers have visual reassurance of when their loved one was given the medication.
The medicine comes from one patch, composed of four, ultra-thin layers:
- First layer is the shell
- Second layer contains the medicine
- Third layer is an adhesive
- Fourth layer is the release liner, which is removed when you apply the patch
AFTER 4 WEEKS ON THE EXELON PATCH
How do you know which dosage strength of Exelon Patch is right for your loved one? By having different doses available, your loved one can get the treatment that's right for him or her. Here are the steps the doctor may take:
4.6 mg/24 hrs
9.5 mg/24 hrs
To see if Exelon Patch is right for your loved one, the doctor will start them on the initial daily dose of 4.6 mg/24 hours. It is designed to determine how well your loved one is tolerating the medication before moving on to the recommended effective dose of 9.5 mg/24 hours.
After 4 weeks, if your loved one is tolerating the medication, ask the doctor if introducing the recommended effective dose of 9.5 mg/24 hours is right for him or her.