Reminyl belongs to the family of medications called cholinesterase inhibitors. It works by restoring the balance of certain natural substances (neurotransmitters) in the brain. Reminyl is used to treat mild to moderate confusion (dementia) related to Alzheimer's disease. It does not cure Alzheimer's disease, but it may improve memory, awareness, and the ability to perform daily functions.
Take Reminyl exactly as prescribed by your doctor. The starting recommended dose is 4 mg twice daily. After four weeks, your doctor may increase your dose to 8 mg twice daily. If necessary, your dose may be increased to 12 mg twice daily after an additional four weeks. Some people may benefit from an even higher dose (16 mg twice daily). People with liver or kidney disease may need a lower dosage.
Before taking Reminyl you should talk with your doctor if you have heart problems, kidney disease, kidney failure, stomach or intestinal ulcers, liver disease, liver failure, hepatitis, cirrhosis, bladder problems, asthma, epilepsy or seizures, breathing or lung problems, enlarged prostate, an upcoming surgery, any allergies. This drug may make you dizzy. Do not drive or perform tasks that require alertness. Limit alcoholic beverages.
You should not take Reminyl if you are allergic to galantamine or to any of the ingredients of the medication. Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Possible side effect
Get emergency medical help if you have headache, muscle aches, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, trouble sleeping, weight loss, lightheadedness, loss of appetite, runny nose, vomiting, chest pain, dizziness, fainting, high or low blood pressure, pale skin, indigestion, blood in urine, dark urine, pale stools, tremor, increased sweating, muscle weakness, slow heartbeat, seizures. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor.
Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially: anticholinergic medications (clidinium, atropine, dicyclomine, belladonna, scopolamine), cholinergic drugs (ambenonium, donepezil, rivastigmine), cimetidine, ciprofloxacin, antifungal medications (voriconazole, fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (celecoxib, etodolac, naproxen, ibuprofen), theophylline. Interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. Skip the missed dose if it is time for your next scheduled dose. Don't take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
If you think you have overdosed the medicine seek emergency medical help at once. The overdose symptoms are muscle weakness or twitching, severe stomach cramping, slow or shallow breathing, irregular heartbeat, fainting, seizures.
Store the medicine at room temperature 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store the drugs in the bathroom. Keep all drugs away from reach of children and pets.
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