What is the difference between the Exelon patch and the Aricept pill?

Jean c. asked...

What is the difference between the Exelon patch and the Aricept pill? My husband's dr. prescribed the patch and the insurance company denied it. He has now prescribed the pill.

Expert Answer

Ladislav Volicer, M.D., Ph.D., is recognized as an international expert on advanced dementia care. He is a courtesy full professor at the School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa, and visiting professor at the Third Medical Faculty, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. Twenty-five years ago, he established one of the first dementia special care units.

Exelon patch is causing less side effects than Exelon pill but has the same effect as Aricept pill. So you would not get much benefit except may be from easier administration.