Razadyne

(galantamine)

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Treats Alzheimer's disease.

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Razadyne (galantamine) is a first choice medicine to treat mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease, but not everyone responds to it.

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Quick facts about galantamine
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (galantamine)

Upsides

  • Razadyne (galantamine) comes in different forms, including liquid, pills, and extended release capsules.
  • Razadyne (galantamine) is available as generic.
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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.
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How it works

Razadyne (galantamine) raises the amount of acetylcholine in the brain, which is lower in people with Alzheimer's.

Quick facts about galantamine
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (galantamine)

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Extended release capsule
  • Liquid
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What to expect when you take Razadyne (galantamine) for Alzheimer's disease

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  • Possible side effects
  • Skin allergies
  • Slowed heartbeat
  • Stomach issues
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Appetite and weight loss
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Side effect rates for Razadyne (galantamine)

From 6502 clinical trials of galantamine when taken for alzheimer's disease
  • Nausea
    21%21%
    6%6%
  • Vomiting
    11%11%
    2%2%
  • Dizziness
    8%8%
    3%3%
  • Loss of appetite
    7%7%
    2%2%
  • Headache
    7%7%
    6%6%
  • Diarrhea
    7%7%
    5%5%
  • Weight loss
    5%5%
    2%2%
  • Depression
    4%4%
    2%2%
  • Abdominal pain
    4%4%
    2%2%
  • Fatigue
    4%4%
    2%2%
  • Falls
    4%4%
    3%3%
  • Tremor
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Sleepiness
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Abdominal discomfort
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Indigestion
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Weakness
    2%2%
    2%2%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of galantamine.

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Risks and Warnings for Razadyne (galantamine)

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  • Rarely, Razadyne (galantamine) has caused serious skin rashes that can be life-threatening. If you notice a rash, talk to your doctor right away to see if you should stop taking it.

Common concerns from people taking Razadyne (galantamine)

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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.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
FDA pregnancy category for galantamine
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Food
  • Take Razadyne (galantamine) with food so you don’t get an upset stomach.