Compare galantamine vs. Exelon

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Razadyne
(galantamine)

Exelon
(rivastigmine)

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.Treats dementia. Exelon (Rivastigmine) works for all stages of dementia caused by Alzheimer's, and the oral version is cheaper than the patch.
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Best available price for 60 (8mg) tablets of galantamine
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Best available price for 60 (1.5mg) capsules of rivastigmine
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Side effects
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  • Nausea 15%
  • Vomiting 9%
  • Dizziness 5%
  • Diarrhea 2%
  • Headache 1%
  • Loss of appetite 5%
  • Weight loss 3%
  • Low mood disorder 2%
  • Abdominal pain 2%
  • Fatigue 2%
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  • Any side effect 10%
  • Nausea 8%
  • Vomiting 4%
  • Loss of appetite 2%
  • Dizziness 2%
  • Diarrhea 8%
  • Headache 5%
  • Abdominal pain 7%
  • Sleep difficulty 2%
  • Indigestion 5%
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How it works
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Razadyne (galantamine) raises the amount of acetylcholine in the brain, which is lower in people with Alzheimer's.Exelon (Rivastigmine) is an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor. Researchers don't know exactly how it helps treat Alzheimer's disease, but it prevents acetylcholine, a chemical in the brain, from being broken down too quickly. Acetylcholine is important in transmitting signals through nerves, a process that breaks down in Alzheimer's.
Type of medication
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Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
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  • Pill
  • Extended release capsule
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Patch
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • History of heart problems
Detailed Razadyne (galantamine) risks & warnings »
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
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Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

Food
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  • Take Razadyne (galantamine) with food so you don’t get an upset stomach.
  • If using the oral solution, take it after meals to prevent an upset stomach. It can be mixed with cold water, juice, or soda.
Weight
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No weight related info.
  • People on Exelon (Rivastigmine) have reported nausea and vomiting, decreased appetite and weight loss. This usually happens when the medication is first started and when there are changes in the dose. Talk to your doctor if this is a concern, especially if you have to stop taking the medication for more than 3 days.
Upsides and benefits
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  • Razadyne (galantamine) comes in different forms, including liquid, pills, and extended release capsules.
  • Razadyne (galantamine) is available as generic.
  • 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.
Downsides and risks
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  • 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.
  • 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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  • Take Razadyne (galantamine) exactly how your doctor or pharmacist tells you. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember, unless it's time for your next dose. Don't take 2 doses at the same time.
  • Drink plenty of fluids since Razadyne (galantamine) can dry you out.
  • Take Razadyne (galantamine) with food so you don’t get an upset stomach.
  • Store the liquid form of Razadyne (galantamine) in your pantry, away from light. Don't leave it in the refrigerator or freezer, or in your bathroom's medicine cabinet.
  • Razadyne (galantamine) will slow down Alzheimer's disease; it will not stop or cure it.
  • Exelon (Rivastigmine) can cause nausea, vomiting, and dizziness.
  • Avoid activities that require full mental attention until you know how the drug affects you.
  • Let your doctor know if you get serious stomach problems, issues with movement (tremor), or weight loss.
  • If using the patch, make sure you know how to apply it. To prevent skin irritation, change the location of the patch every day.
  • If using the oral solution, take it after meals to prevent an upset stomach. It can be mixed with cold water, juice, or soda.
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