Galantamine Hydrobromide

Where is Galantamine Hydrobromide used?

Galantamine Hydrobromide is used for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. This medicine restores the balance of certain natural substances in the brain which helps improve:

  • Memory
  • Awareness
  • The ability to perform daily functions

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this medicine. This is supplied as a tablet for oral use.  

How does Galantamine Hydrobromide work?

Galantamine Hydrobromide is a type of medicine called an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor that slows the breakdown of a neurotransmitter in the body called acetylcholine. Neurotransmitters are stored in nerve cells and involved in transmitting. They are needed for the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system. Acetylcholine is constantly being released by nerve cells and being broken down by acetylcholinesterase.

This drug increases the level of acetylcholine in the brain. It is by preventing the action of acetylcholinesterase. Acetylcholinesterase is the compound that normally breaks it down. This slows the breakdown of acetylcholine that is released from remaining undamaged nerve cells in the brain. Galantamine Hydrobromide also develops the activity of acetylcholine in the brain. The overall result of these two actions is an improvement in the levels and activity of acetylcholine in the brain. This improves the cognitive processes of memory, thinking, and learning. This also improves the symptoms of dementia and everyday functioning in Alzheimer’s disease. 

How is Galantamine Hydrobromide taken?

Galantamine Hydrobromide is usually taken twice with the morning and evening meals. This is to be taken as directed by your doctor. Take it regularly for the best benefit of this product. Do not suddenly stop this treatment without the consent of your doctor.

The given dosage is based on your medical condition and response to the medication. Your doctor may give you a lower dose to start and gradually increase it. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than the prescription.

What are the possible side effects of Galantamine Hydrobromide?

Common side effects:

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Drowsiness
  • Runny nose

What are the precautions in taking Galantamine Hydrobromide?

  • Do not share this with others even if they have the same symptoms as yours.
  • It may take at least 4 weeks of continued use before the full benefit of this drug takes effect.
  • Let your doctor know if you have any medications including vitamins or herbal supplements.
  • This medication may cause sleepiness and dizziness, particularly in the first few weeks after treatment is started. As a result, it may decrease the ability of the patient to perform potentially risky tasks safely.
  • For women who are pregnant and breastfeeding, this drug should not be used. Unless it is considered essential by your doctor.
  • This medicine is not recommended for people with a blockage in the stomach, urinary tract, or intestines and people recovering from the stomach, bladder, and intestinal surgery.
  • People who are allergic to any of the ingredients of the medicine. Please inform your doctor if you have previously experienced such an allergy.