Rivastigmine is a drug usually used to treat Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. It is sold under various brand names including Exelon.
It is in a class of medications called cholinesterase inhibitors. It improves mental function (such as memory and thinking) by increasing the amount of a certain natural substance in the brain.
Some people that rivastigmine can also be used to treat some of the problems facing people on the autism spectrum including core symptoms and the ability to speak.
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