Information about Galantamine
Galantamine is used in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.
How Galantamine works
Memory loss in Alzheimer’s disease occurs due to disturbances of signal transmission in the brain. Galantamine is a cholinesterase inhibitor. It works by increasing the levels of a chemical messenger (acetylcholine) involved in transmmission of nerve signals. This improves memory and thinking.
Common side effects of Galantamine
Nausea, Headache, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Dizziness, Decreased appetite, Weight loss
Expert advice for Galantamine
- You have been prescribed Galantamine to slow down the progression of Alzheimer's disease.
- It does not cure Alzheimer's disease but may help improve brain function and ability to do daily activities.
- Take it with or without food, preferably at night before going to bed.
- It may cause diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. Drink plenty of fluids to keep yourself hydrated while taking Galantamine.
- Monitor your body weight regularly as both Galantamine and Alzheimer's disease can cause weight loss.
- Do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how Galantamine affects you.
- It may cause serious skin rashes. Stop taking medication and inform your doctor if you notice a skin rash.
- Inform your doctor if you develop muscle tremors, especially if you have Parkinson’s disease.
- Inform your doctor about taking Galantamine, If you are going to have surgery under anesthesia.
- Be cautious while taking this medicine if you suffer from peptic ulcer as it may cause vomiting, stomach bleeding, stomach pain, or discomfort.
- Inform your doctor if you experience seizures or convulsions while taking this medicine.