Galantamine (By mouth)

Introduction

Galantamine (ga-LAN-ta-meen)

Treats dementia (memory loss and mental changes) that is a sign of Alzheimer's disease.

Brand Name(s)

Razadyne, Razadyne ER

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to galantamine.

How to Use This Medicine

Tablet, Liquid, Long Acting Capsule

  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Your dose may need to be changed several times in order to find out what works best for you. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • This medicine comes with patient instructions. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
  • It is best to take the extended-release capsule once daily with your morning meal. Take the tablet or the oral liquid with your morning and your evening meals.
  • Drink extra fluids so you will pass more urine while you are using this medicine. This will keep your kidneys working well and help prevent kidney problems.
  • Measure the oral liquid medicine with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup.

If a dose is missed:

  • If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
  • If you do not use your medicine for several days, call your doctor. You may need to go back to a lower dose.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine

  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Do not freeze the oral liquid.
  • Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using atropine, quinidine, dicyclomine (Bentyl®), tolterodine (Detrol®), donepezil (Aricept®), tacrine (Cognex®), Tagamet®, ketoconazole (Nizoral®), or bethanechol (Urecholine®).
  • Tell your doctor if you are using medicine for heart rhythm problems (such as verapamil, propranolol, Rythmol®, Tambocor®), medicine for depression (such as amitriptyline, Luvox®, Paxil®, Prozac®), or pain or arthritis medicine (such as aspirin, Advil®, Aleve®, Feldene®, Indocin®, Motrin®, Orudis®, Relafen®, Voltaren®).

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding, or if you have a history of stomach ulcers or bleeding. Tell your doctor if you have kidney disease, liver disease, heart rhythm problems, asthma, or other breathing problems.
  • Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine. You may need to stop using this medicine several days before having surgery or medical tests.
  • Do not stop using this medicine or change the amount you take without asking your doctor.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Bloody or black, tarry stools, or vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds.
  • Chest pain, slow or uneven heartbeat, shallow breathing.
  • Light-headedness or fainting.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Problems with urination.
  • Seizure.
  • Severe stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, increased sweating, urination, and stools, watery eyes.

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Decrease in how much or how often you urinate.
  • Loss of appetite, weight loss.
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
  • Tiredness, dizziness, depression, trouble sleeping.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Version Info

  • Last Reviewed on 06/12/2013

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This page was last updated: June 18, 2013

         
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