You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking galantamine if you have:
- Heart problems
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Stomach or intestinal ulcers (or a history of such problems)
- Liver disease, such as liver failure, hepatitis, and cirrhosis
- Bladder problems
- Mild cognitive impairment not caused by Alzheimer's disease
- Epilepsy or seizures
- An upcoming surgery
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Razadyne and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Razadyne and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Galantamine to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
Galantamine can potentially interact with a number of other medicines (see Drug Interactions With Galantamine).
Galantamine is part of a group of Alzheimer's medications known as acetylcholinesterase inhibitors. These medications work by preventing a specific enzyme (known as acetylcholinesterase) from breaking down acetylcholine in the brain. Acetylcholine is a chemical that aids in many brain functions, including memory, attention, reason, and language. It is thought that problems with inadequate acetylcholine in the brain may contribute to some of the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.