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Galantamine (By mouth)

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

  • Take your medicine as directed. Your dose may need to be changed several times to find what works best for you.
  • Read and follow the patient instructions that come with this medicine. Talk to 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 urinate more often 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:

  • Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take 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 out of the reach of children. 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.
  • Tell any doctor or dentist who treats you that you are using this medicine. You may need to stop using this medicine several days before you have 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

Last Updated: 4/4/2014

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