Compare Exelon vs. galantamine

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

Exelon (Rivastigmine)

Prescription only

Razadyne (galantamine)

Prescription only
Treats dementia.

Exelon (Rivastigmine) works for all stages of dementia caused by Alzheimer's, and the oral version is cheaper than the patch.

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
  • Can be used to treat dementia caused by all stages of Alzheimer's disease.
  • Exelon (Rivastigmine) slows the progression of Alzheimer's, including the person's cognitive function and ability to perform the usual daily living activities.
  • It also improves behavior disorders related to Alzheimer's.
  • Exelon (Rivastigmine) is available as a patch. This form causes fewer stomach problems (like nausea or vomiting).
  • The oral capsules are available as a generic medication.
  • Razadyne (galantamine) comes in different forms, including liquid, pills, and extended release capsules.
  • Razadyne (galantamine) is available as generic.
Downsides
  • Like other medications for dementia, it only slows down the progression of the disease, but it doesn't stop or reverse it.
  • You need to take the oral capsules twice a day.
  • The patches are brand name only, so they can be expensive.
  • 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.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Patch
  • Pill
  • Extended release capsule
  • Liquid
Price
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Side effects
4possible side effects
  • Nausea
    8%
  • Vomiting
    5%
  • Anorexia
    3%
  • Dizziness
    2%
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10possible 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%
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Risks and warnings
  • Muscle tremors

    Parkinson's disease

  • Ulcers | Bleeding in the stomach

    Taking anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)

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  • Slowed heartbeat

    History of heart problems

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