Compare galantamine vs. Namenda

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Razadyne
(galantamine)

Namenda
(memantine)

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. Namenda (Memantine) is one of the few medications that can be used to treat moderate to severe dementia caused by Alzheimer's.
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Best available price for 60 (8mg) tablets of galantamine
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Best available price for 60 (10mg) tablets of memantine
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+20% better vs. Razadyne (galantamine)
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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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  • Dizziness 2%
  • Headache 3%
  • Confusion 1%
  • Constipation 2%
  • Coughing 1%
  • High blood pressure 2%
  • Back pain 1%
  • Vomiting 1%
  • Drowsiness 1%
  • Hallucination 1%
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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.Namenda (Memantine) is an NMDA receptor antagonist. Researchers don't know exactly how it helps treat Alzheimer's disease, but it blocks an amino acid called glutamine, which seems to protect nerves from overstimulation.
Type of medication
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Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
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  • Pill
  • Extended release capsule
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Extended release
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • History of heart problems
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  • History of seizures
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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.
No food related info.
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.
  • Only used to treat moderate to severe dementia caused by Alzheimer's disease.
  • It's available as an immediate-release tablet, a solution, and an extended-release tablet.
  • Can cause fewer side effects than other medicines used to treat Alzheimer's disease.
  • Available as a generic, which is cheaper.
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; it doesn't stop or reverse it.
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.
  • Namenda (Memantine) XR capsules can be swallowed whole and shouldn't be chewed or crushed. But they can be opened and sprinkled in a small amount of applesauce.
  • If using the oral solution, use the dosing device that comes with the medication. Slowly squirt the dose into the corner of mouth and don't mix it with any other liquids.
  • Namenda (Memantine) can cause dizziness, headache, or constipation.
  • If you've missed several doses in a row, you'll need to call your doctor about restarting the medication properly again.
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