Rivastigmine improves mental function (such as memory and thinking) by increasing the amount of a certain natural substance in the brain.
My husband is using the Rivastigmine patch. For 5 months he was taking 4.6, the lowest dosage. For 7 months he took 9.5 (mid dose). Now for the last 2 and a half weeks he’s on the highest dosage of 13.3.
With each increase in dosage he improves from not being able to speak or dress himself to being able to have a thoughtful meaningful conversation and he can even dress himself again. It’s like a miracle drug! Now that he’s on the highest dosage available and I’m witnessing the improvements, I often wonder what will happen when his body builds up a tolerance again. I’m hoping for another good 7 months, or maybe even 9. I know that I am supposed to live in the moment and I try to practice that everyday. I’m wondering if others have been through this and what happens after 13.3 no longer works? Do you know if they try other meds or does the patient go back to infancy stage? I also know that no two people are alike and what works for one might not work for someone else. I’m just looking for other people’s experiences. Anyone?