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    Information about Galantamine

    Galantamine uses

    Galantamine is used in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease and dementia in Parkinson's disease.

    How galantamine works

    Memory loss in Alzheimer’s disease is due to disturbance of message signals in the brain. Galantamine works by increasing the levels of acetylcholine, a chemical messenger involved in the transmission of nerve signals.

    Common side effects of galantamine

    Nausea, Headache, Vomiting, Diarrhoea, Fatigue, Dizziness, Decreased appetite, Weight loss

    Available Medicine for Galantamine

    • ₹153 to ₹285
      Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
      2 variant(s)

    Expert advice for Galantamine

    • Consult your doctor if you have any heart disorder, electrolyte disturbances, peptic (stomach) ulcer disease, acute abdominal pain, a disorder of the nervous system (like fits or Parkinson’s disease), asthma, pneumonia, difficulties passing urine, or if you had an operation on the gut or bladder.
    • Do not drive or operate machinery as galantamine may cause drowsiness.
    • Do not consume alcohol while taking galantamine as it may worsen the side effects.
    • Galantamine should be used with caution in elderly as they may be more sensitive to its effects.
    • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

    Frequently asked questions for Galantamine


    Q. Is Galantamine safe?

    Galantamine is a safe and effective drug if used according to the prescribed dosage for the treatment of mild to moderate dementia in Alzheimer's disease

    Q. Is Galantamine a psychotropic drug?

    Galantamine is a psychotropic drug used in the treatment of dementia associated with alzheimer's disease

    Q. Is Galantamine the same as Aricept?

    Galantamine and Aricept (donepezil) are not the same. They however belong to the same class of drugs called ‘cholinesterase inhibitors' used in the treatment of dementia associated with alzheimer's disease.

    Content on this page was last updated on 07 October, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)