Razadyne ER (Galantamine) is a prescription medication that is used to treat mild to moderate dementia related to Alzheimer’s disease. This medication does not cure Alzheimer’s disease but it may improve memory, awareness and the ability to perform daily functions. Galantamine belongs to the class of drugs called cholinesterase inhibitors. It works by restoring the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain. It prevents the breakdown of a chemical called acetylcholine. People who have dementia usually have lower levels of acetylcholine which is important for the processes of memory, thinking and reasoning. The Razadyne ER capsule is usually taken once a day in the morning or as directed by your doctor. It may take at least four weeks of continued use before you can see the full benefits of this medication.
Our Canadian Pharmacy currently has the brand Razadyne ER tablets from United Kingdom by Shire and Turkey by Janssen-Cilag. We also carry the generic Galantamine ER from Canada manufactured by a different manufacturer. Razadyne ER is available in the strength of 8 mg, 16 mg and 24 mg tablets and 4 mg/ml oral solution.
The common side effects of Razadyne ER may include diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and weight loss.
Inform your doctor right away if you have any of the serious side effects such as:
• Black or bloody stools;
• Difficult urination;
• Irregular heartbeat;
• Severe stomach or abdominal pain;
• Vomit that looks bloody or like coffee grounds
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
You should not take Razadyne ER if you are allergic to Galantamine or if you have any other allergies. Before you start taking this medication, talk to your doctor about your medical history and about all the medications you take including OTC and herbal medications. This medication may make you dizzy or drowsy. Alcohol or marijuana can make you more dizzy or drowsy. You should not drive, use machinery or do any activity that requires you to be alert. Limit alcoholic beverages. This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless it is clearly needed. It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Talk to your doctor before breast-feeding.