Razadyne ER (Galantamine)

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Razadyne ER (Galantamine) Medication Information

Uses

Razadyne is a cholinesterase inhibitor that is used to treat mild to moderate dementia caused by Alzheimer’s.

Dosage

The capsules are available in several different strengths:

  • 8 mg
  • 16 mg
  • 24 mg

Side Effects

The most common side effects of Razadyne include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Decreased appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Dizziness
  • Headache 

Speak with your doctor for a full list of side effects that apply to you if you are taking Razadyne.

Precautions

There is a possibility of serious skin reaction, if a rash develops while taking Razadyne, seek medical attention.

There is a risk of gastrointestinal bleeding with Razadyne, because of stomach ulcers. 

In patients with severe asthma or obstructive pulmonary disease, they should be monitored for breathing problems with Razadyne. 

Interactions

The most common drug interactions with Razadyne include:

  • Anticholinergic medications
  • Succinylcholine
  • Neuromuscular blocking agent
  • Cholinergic agonists

Speak with your doctor for more information and before starting a new medication with Razadyne. 

Storage

Store at room temperature (77ºF). 

Pharmacist Tips

  • Razadyne can cause a serious skin rash, if a rash develops seek immediate medical attention. 
  • The extended-release capsule of Razadyne should be taken once a day.
  • It is important to ensure that patients drink enough fluid while taking Razadyne.

Galantamine FAQs

What are the side effects of Razadyne?

The most common side effects seen with Razadyne are nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, dizziness, and drowsiness. 

 

How long can you take Razadyne?

Razadyne can be continued throughout treatment for dementia. 

 

How does Razadyne work?

Razadyne increases the amount of acetylcholine in the brain to aid in the communication between nerve cells in the brain. 

 

How does Razadyne affect a person with dementia?

Razadyne can increase the amount of acetylcholine which is needed for the brain to work properly. 

 

Is Alzheimer’s curable?

At this time, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s. 

 

Related Drugs

Reference:

Razadyne ER {package insert}. Titusville, NJ: Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; 2015.

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2015/021615s021lbl.pdf

PharmD Medical Writer

Author: Dr. Larisa Roybal, PharmD

Dr. Roybal is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist who has practiced in both ambulatory and acute care settings. Her pharmacy interests include oncology and general inpatient pharmacy.

The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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