Compare galantamine vs. Namenda

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

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Razadyne (galantamine)

Prescription only

Namenda (memantine)

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.

Slows progression of Alzheimer's disease.

Namenda (memantine) can slow the progression of symptoms in moderate and severe Alzheimer's disease, but cannot cure it.

Upsides
  • Razadyne (galantamine) comes in different forms, including liquid, pills, and extended release capsules.
  • Razadyne (galantamine) is available as generic.
  • Available in different formulations for easy administration.
  • Available in a cheap, generic version.
  • Compared to alternatives that treat Alzheimer's disease, Namenda (memantine) has less side-effects.
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.
  • Namenda (memantine) doesn't stop or reverse the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.
  • Doesn't work as well in early stages of Alzheimer's.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release capsule
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Extended release
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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13possible side effects
  • Dizziness
    7%
  • Headache
    6%
  • Confusion
    6%
  • Constipation
    5%
  • High blood pressure
    4%
  • Coughing
    4%
  • Pain
    3%
  • Vomiting
    3%
  • Back pain
    3%
  • Sleepiness
    3%
  • Hallucination
    3%
  • Fatigue
    2%
  • Difficulty breathing
    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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  • Higher risk of side effects from Namenda (memantine)
    • Taking certain medicines
    • Kidney problems
    • Those with severe urinary tract infections
  • Seizures
    • History of seizures
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