Compare Aricept vs. galantamine

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Aricept (donepezil)

Prescription only

Razadyne (galantamine)

Prescription only
Treats Alzheimer's disease.

Aricept (donepezil) works for all stages of Alzheimer's, and most forms of it are available in generic.

2.9/ 5 average rating with 21 reviewsforAricept
Treats Alzheimer's disease.

Razadyne (galantamine) is a first choice medicine to treat mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease, but not everyone responds to it.

Upsides
  • Aricept (donepezil) can be used to treat dementia caused by all stages of Alzheimer's.
  • It can be effective for treating behavioral problems related to dementia.
  • Available as a dissolving pill if you have trouble swallowing.
  • Available as generic.
  • Razadyne (galantamine) comes in different forms, including liquid, pills, and extended release capsules.
  • Razadyne (galantamine) is available as generic.
Downsides
  • Like other drugs for Alzheimer's dementia, it does not cure Alzheimer's, but may help with brain function and doing daily activities.
  • Aricept (donepezil) is not a good choice for people with heart problems or a slow heart rate. It can slow the heart rate down and cause dizziness or fainting.
  • The higher the dose of Aricept (donepezil), the more likely you can experience nausea and vomiting.
  • If you miss doses of Razadyne (galantamine) for more than 3 days, you have to talk to your doctor since you might have to start taking it over again from the original smallest dose.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Pill
  • Extended release capsule
  • Liquid
Price
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Reviews
21 reviews so far
43%
saidit'sworth it
19%
saiditworked well
14%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
19possible side effects
  • Nausea
    11%
  • Headache
    10%
  • Diarrhea
    10%
  • Pain, various locations
    9%
  • Insomnia
    9%
  • Dizziness
    8%
  • Accident
    7%
  • Muscle cramps
    6%
  • Fatigue
    5%
  • Vomiting
    5%
  • Loss of appetite
    4%
  • Bruising
    4%
  • Weight loss
    3%
  • Depression
    3%
  • Abnormal dreams
    3%
  • Fainting
    2%
  • Arthritis
    2%
  • Sleepiness
    2%
  • Frequent urination
    2%
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16possible side effects
  • Nausea
    21%
  • Vomiting
    11%
  • Dizziness
    8%
  • Loss of appetite
    7%
  • Headache
    7%
  • Diarrhea
    7%
  • Weight loss
    5%
  • Depression
    4%
  • Abdominal pain
    4%
  • Fatigue
    4%
  • Falls
    4%
  • Tremor
    2%
  • Sleepiness
    2%
  • Abdominal discomfort
    2%
  • Indigestion
    2%
  • Weakness
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Ulcers and bleeding in the stomach
    • Taking anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
    • History of ulcer disease
    • Taking high doses of Aricept (donepezil)
  • Nausea and vomiting
    • Weighing less than 55 kg (110 lbs)
    • Taking high doses of Aricept (donepezil)
  • Weight loss
    • Weighing less than 55 kg (110 lbs)
  • Slowed heartbeat
    • Problems with the heartbeat
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  • Serious skin allergies
  • Anesthesia during surgery
  • Slowed heartbeat
    • History of heart problems
  • Stomach issues
  • Higher risk for seizures
  • Breathing problems
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