Galantamine

Description

Galantamine is used to treat mild-to-moderate dementia associated with Alzheimer's disease. This medicine does not cure Alzheimer's but it may slow the loss of or improve the patient's awareness of surroundings, ability to perform daily functions, and ability to think and remember.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Galantamine

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Unusual tiredness or weakness
  • Weight loss
  • Decreased appetite
  • Lack or loss of strength

Uses of Galantamine

What is it prescribed for?

  • Alzheimer's disease
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use if you have a known allergy to galantamine or any other active ingredients present along with it.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
General warnings

Kidney impairment

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with kidney diseases due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Close monitoring of kidney function, appropriate dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Liver impairment

This medicine should be used with caution in patients suffering from liver diseases due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Close monitoring of liver function is necessary while receiving this medicine. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Driving or operating machinery

Use of this medicine may cause dizziness, visual disturbances, and drowsiness. Hence, it is advised that you do not perform any activities that require high mental alertness such as driving a vehicle or operating heavy machinery during treatment with this medicine.

Gastrointestinal bleeding

This medicine should be used with caution due to an increase in the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding. This risk is especially higher in patients with a history of gastrointestinal disorders. Report any unusual symptoms such as blood in the stool, heartburn, etc. to the doctor immediately. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required based on the clinical condition.

Skin reactions

This medicine may cause serious skin reactions including skin rashes in some patients. In such cases, treatment should be discontinued. Replacement with a suitable alternative may be required based on the clinical condition.

Missed Dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed dose.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Amitriptyline

Fluoxetine

Erythromycin

Ketoconazole

Disease interactions

Peptic ulcer disease

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients with peptic ulcer disease since it may worsen the patient's condition. Report any unusual side effects to the doctor on priority. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition.

Respiratory Disorders

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with respiratory disorders such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, etc. since it may worsen the patient's condition. Close monitoring of respiratory function, appropriate dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take this medicine with food. Do not take in larger amounts than advised/prescribed. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable effects. Do not stop taking the medicine before completion of the course/without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

To be taken with food

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Causes sleepiness

How it works
It works by increasing the level of acetylcholine and helps in controlling the symptoms of the disease.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Cholinesterase inhibitors

Schedule

Schedule H

Galantamine - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2018 [cited 6 December 2018]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00674

Galantamine: MedlinePlus Drug Information [Internet]. Medlineplus.gov. 2018 [cited 6 December 2018]. Available from:

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a699058.html

DailyMed - Galantamine- galantamine hydrobromide tablet, film coated [Internet]. Dailymed.nlm.nih.gov. 2019 [cited 14 August 2019]. Available from:

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=fa3cb01f-85bf-5cc8-7cf3-650d8729078c

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Information on this page was last updated on 16 Aug 2019

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