What is Galantamine used for?
Galantamine is used to treat mild-to-moderate dementia (confusion) caused by Alzheimer's disease. It is in a class of medications called acetylcholinesterase inhibitors. This medicine works by increasing the levels of certain natural substances (neurotransmitters) in the brain, which may improve memory, thinking, awareness, and the ability to handle daily activities. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Galantamine?
The dosage of Galantamine prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Take Galantamine by mouth with food.
What if you miss a dose of Galantamine?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Galantamine medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Galantamine?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Galantamine, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Galantamine?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Galantamine.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Galantamine, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Galantamine can interact with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, azole antifungals, and SSRI antidepressants.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Galantamine?
Like other medicines, Galantamine can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Galantamine are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Galantamine cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Galantamine develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Galantamine can cause side effects such as headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, weight loss, anemia, and sleepiness. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Galantamine.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Galantamine?
Is it possible for me to take Galantamine with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Galantamine?
What are the possible drug interactions of Galantamine?
How will Galantamine work in my body?
How should Galantamine be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Galantamine drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Galantamine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.