Without a Prescription
Galantamine belongs to a family of drugs known as cholinesterase inhibitors.
Galantamine cannot cure dementia or Alzheimer's disease but it can slow down the progression of dementia and can help to ease the symptoms of memory loss, confusion and changes in behaviour.
Galantamine is prescribed for the treatment of dementia in Alzheimer Disease (AD).
Galantamine is prescribed for the treatment of dementia in people with mild to moderate AD.
Galantamine is prescribed for the treatment of mild to moderate dementia of the Alzheimer's type.
Galantamine works by increasing the amount of a natural chemical in the brain called acetylcholine which is known to be lower in people suffering from Alzheimer's dementia.
Galantamine is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- If you are pregnant, trying for a baby or breast-feeding;
- If you are taking other medicines, including those available to buy without a prescription, herbal or complementary medicines;
- If you have difficulty urinating or have severe constipation;
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to this or any other medicine;
- If you have had any recent surgery to the stomach, intestines or bladder;
- If you know you have a high or low blood potassium level;
- If you suffer from liver, kidney or heart problems;
- If you suffer from stomach ulcers, asthma or other problems that affect breathing;
Do not take Galantamine with any of the following drugs:
Possible antagonism of action:
- Quinidine barbiturate;
Galantamine side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Bladder infections or difficulty urinating (passing water);
- Changes in blood pressure and fever;
- Feeling or being sick;
- Feeling tired;
- Feeling unwell;
- Loss of appetite;
- Mood changes;
- Problems sleeping;
- Runny nose;
- Stomach pain;
- Weight loss;
Other Brand Names
In some countries Galantamine may also be known as: