Compare galantamine vs. Exelon

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

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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 due to Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease.

Exelon (rivastigmine) relieves the symptoms of dementia, but doesn't stop or reverse progression of Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease.

Upsides
  • Razadyne (galantamine) comes in different forms, including liquid, pills, and extended release capsules.
  • Razadyne (galantamine) is available as generic.
  • Exelon (rivastigmine) improves behavior disorders related to Alzheimer's disease.
  • The patch causes less stomach issues than the pill form of other medicines that work similarly.
  • Available in cheaper, generic versions.
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.
  • Doesn't stop or reverse the natural progression of disease.
  • Only works for mild to moderate disease.
  • The patch can cause skin irritation.
  • The twice daily dosing schedule may be inconvenient when compared to other medicines for dementia.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release capsule
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • 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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24possible side effects
  • Nausea
    47%
  • Vomiting
    31%
  • Dizziness
    21%
  • Diarrhea
    19%
  • Headache
    17%
  • Loss of appetite
    17%
  • Abdominal pain
    13%
  • Fatigue
    9%
  • Upset stomach
    9%
  • Insomnia
    9%
  • Confusion
    8%
  • Urinary tract infection
    7%
  • Lack of energy
    6%
  • Depression
    6%
  • Feeling of discomfort
    5%
  • Sleepiness
    5%
  • Anxiety
    5%
  • Sweating
    4%
  • Tremor
    4%
  • Hallucination
    4%
  • Fainting
    3%
  • Weight loss
    3%
  • High blood pressure
    3%
  • Aggressive behavior
    3%
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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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  • Stomach problems
    • Capsule form of Exelon (rivastigmine)
  • Skin sensitivity
  • Muscle tremors
    • Parkinson's disease
  • Stomach ulcers
    • History of ulcer disease
    • Taking anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
  • Changes in heart rate
    • Sick sinus syndrome
    • Heart rhythm problems
  • Driving impairment
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