Galantamine - Drug InformationGeneric Name : Galantamine | Pronunciation : gal-AN-ta-meen
Why it is prescribed (Indications) :
This medication is a cholinesterase inhibitor, prescribed for mild to moderate dementia in patients with Alzheimer's disease. It improves thinking ability, memory or slows the loss of these abilities in people who have Alzheimer's disease.
When it is not to be taken (Contraindications):Hypersensitivity.
♦ Pregnancy Category :
Category B :Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women OR Animal studies have shown an adverse effect, but adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in any trimester.
Dosage & When it is to be taken :
PO- The recommended dose is 4 mg every 12 hours. Dose can be escalated to 8 mg 12 hourly after 1 month.
How it should be taken :
This medication available in the form of tablet, long acting capsule, and solution to take by mouth (Orally). The tablets and liquid are usually taken twice a day, with the morning and evening meals.
Warnings and Precautions :It may cause dizziness, drowsiness, or fainting. Do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
Caution needed for patients with history of asthma or any other lung disease, enlarged prostate, ulcers, seizures, irregular heartbeat, or heart, kidney, or liver disease; during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Side Effects :♦
Central Nervous System- Dizziness, headache, lethargy, dysgeusia and hypersomnia.
Gastrointestinal- Diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea, stomach upset and vomiting.
Eye- Blurred vision.
Miscellaneous-Weight loss and tiredness.