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What does it do?

Galantamine is used to treat symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, such as confusion or memory loss.

How should you take it?

Take galantamine regularly as directed with food and a glass of water. Swallow the capsules whole.

What if you forget a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as possible. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and carry on as normal. Do not take two doses at the same time.

Can you take other medicines?

Some medicines available without a prescription may react with galantamine including:

  • antihistamines (also in anti-allergy, anti-nausea and cold/flu medicines)
  • anti-nausea medicines (e.g. Buccastem®, Scopoderm®, Sea-legs®)

Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products (e.g. St John's wort) or recreational drugs.

What side effects might you notice?

Side EffectsRecommended action

Abdominal pain

Blood in sputum, vomit or bowel motions

Change in heartbeat, chest pain, fainting

Tell your doctor immediately

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, change of appetite, weight loss

Headache, dizziness, tiredness or weakness, tremor

Low mood, trouble sleeping

Sweating

Trouble peeing

Tell your doctor if troublesome

If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.

Other information:

  • Tell your doctor if you have heart, lung, liver, kidney or bladder problems, Parkinson’s disease, or if you have ever had a stomach ulcer or seizure.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
  • Galantamine may make you dizzy or sleepy and make it dangerous to drive, operate machinery or do other activities that require you to be alert. Limit alcohol intake because it can increase these effects.

This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.

Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. February 2018

For more general information about this sheet and its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?

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About My Medicines

My Medicines Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) contain important, but not all, information about the medicines they describe.

For more information about the sheets, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?

My Medicines is developed by a team at the Canterbury District Health Board. Our team is made up of doctors, pharmacists, and a non-medical person to help us keep to plain language. We also discuss our information with specialist health professionals or groups when needed