Like all medicines, Exelon can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
You may have side effects more often when you start your medicine or when your dose is increased. Usually, the side effects will slowly go awayas your body gets used to the medicine.
The frequencies are defined as:
Very common (affects more than 1 patient in 10)
Common (affects 1 to 10 patients in 100)
Uncommon (affects 1 to 10 patients in 1,000)
Rare (affects 1 to 10 patients in 10,000)
Very rare (affects less than 1 patient in 10,000)
Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data)
- Feeling dizzy
- Loss of appetite
- Stomach problems such as feeling sick (nausea) or being sick (vomiting), diarrhoea
Common Anxiety Sweating Headache Heartburn Weight loss Stomach pain Feeling agitated Feeling tired or weak Generally feeling unwell Trembling or feeling confused
Uncommon Depression Difficulty in sleeping Fainting or accidentally falling Changes in how well your liver is working
Rare Chest pain Rash, itching Fits seizures Ulcers in your stomach or intestine
Very rare High blood pressure Urinary tract infection Seeing things that are not there hallucinations Problems with your heartbeat such as fast or slow heartbeat Bleeding in the gut shows as blood in stools or when being sick Inflammation of the pancreas the signs include serious upper stomach pain, often with feeling sick nausea or being sick vomiting The signs of Parkinsons disease get worse or getting similar signs such as stiff muscles, difficulty in carrying out movements
- Being violently sick (vomiting) that can cause tearing of the tube that connects your mouth with your stomach (oesophagus)
- Dehydration (losing too much fluid)
- Liver disorders (yellow skin, yellowing of the whites of eyes, abnormal darkening of the urine or unexplained nausea, vomiting, tiredness and loss of appetite)
- Aggression, feeling restless
- Uneven heartbeat
Patients with dementia and Parkinson?s disease
These patients have some side effects more often. They also have some additional side effects:
Common Anxiety Feeling restless Slow heartbeat Difficulty in sleeping Too much saliva and dehydration Unusually slow movements or movements you cannot control The signs of Parkinsons disease get worse or getting similar signs such as stiff muscles, difficulty in carrying out movements
- Uneven heartbeat and poor control of movements
Other side effects seen with Exelon transdermal patches and which may occur with the hard capsules:
- Severe confusion
If you get any of these side effects, contact your doctor as you may need medical assistance.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.