EffectsGalantamine has been evaluated for Alzheimer's disease in several different studies. These studies showed that people taking galantamine often experience decreased problems of cognitive function ("thinking" functions, such as memory, language, and social interaction), compared to people taking a placebo (a "sugar pill" with no active ingredients). These studies also showed that some people experience improvement, others simply experience a slowing of the decline of problems, and others may not receive any benefit.
General considerations for when and how to take the medication include the following:
- Short-acting galantamine comes in tablet and oral solution (liquid) form. It is usually taken by mouth twice daily. Long-acting galantamine comes in capsule form and is taken once daily (preferably in the morning).
- Both short-acting and long-acting versions should be taken with food.
- Long-acting galantamine capsules must be swallowed whole; do not open, break, or chew the capsules.
- Be sure to take your dose at the same time(s) each day to maintain an even level of the medication in your blood.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.
The dosage that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- How you respond to galantamine
- Other medications you may take
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As with any medication, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
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