Compare galantamine vs. Exelon

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Razadyne (galantamine)

Prescription only

Exelon (Rivastigmine)

Prescription only
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.

Upsides
  • 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
  • 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.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release capsule
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Patch
Price
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Side effects
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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4possible side effects
  • Nausea
    8%
  • Vomiting
    5%
  • Anorexia
    3%
  • Dizziness
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Serious skin allergies
  • Anesthesia during surgery
  • Slowed heartbeat
    • History of heart problems
  • Stomach issues
  • Higher risk for seizures
  • Breathing problems
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  • Nausea and vomiting | Weight loss
  • Skin sensitivity
  • Muscle tremors
    • Parkinson's disease
  • Ulcers | Bleeding in the stomach
    • Taking anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
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