September 16, 2014
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Reminyl ER

(galantamine)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02266725 REMINYL ER 16MG CAPSULE
02266733 REMINYL ER 24MG CAPSULE
02266717 REMINYL ER 8MG CAPSULE

How does Reminyl ER work? What will it do for me?

Galantamine belongs to the family of medications called cholinesterase inhibitors. It is used to treat symptoms of mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer's disease is caused by the constant degeneration of certain nerve cells in the brain that make a chemical called acetylcholine. This chemical is thought to be important for the processes of learning and memory. Galantamine prevents the breakdown of acetylcholine, thereby increasing its levels in the brain. Galantamine is of the most benefit in mild to moderate disease and is of little benefit when the disease becomes severe.

Galantamine may improve cognitive function (memory, orientation, and language) and general ability to perform activities of daily living.

This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Reminyl ER?

The usual recommended starting dose of galantamine is 8 mg once daily. After at least 4 weeks of treatment, the dose may be increased to 16 mg once daily. After at least 4 more weeks of treatment, the dose may be increased further to 24 mg once daily.

Galantamine capsules should be taken once daily in the morning with food.

Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

People with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers should be aware that if treatment has been interrupted for several days or longer, this medication should be restarted at the lowest dose and then increased to the most current dose. Be sure to consult your doctor before restarting this medication yourself.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

If several doses are missed, do not restart galantamine on your own. It will be necessary to start at a lower dose and gradually increase to your previous dose. Consult your doctor if you miss several doses in a row.

Store this medication at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Reminyl ER come in?

8 mg
Each white opaque, extended-release capsule, containing white to off-white pellets, imprinted with "G 8", contains galantamine 8 mg as galantamine HBr. Nonmedicinal ingredients: diethyl phthalate, ethylcellulose, gelatin, hypromellose, polyethylene glycol, sugar spheres (sucrose and starch), and titanium dioxide.

16 mg
Each pink opaque, extended-release capsule, containing white to off-white pellets, imprinted with "G 16", contains galantamine 16 mg as galantamine HBr. Nonmedicinal ingredients: diethyl phthalate, ethylcellulose, gelatin, hypromellose, polyethylene glycol, red ferric oxide, sugar spheres (sucrose and starch), and titanium dioxide.

24 mg
Each caramel opaque, extended-release capsule, containing white to off-white pellets, imprinted with "G 24", contains galantamine 24 mg as galantamine HBr. Nonmedicinal ingredients: diethyl phthalate, ethylcellulose, gelatin, hypromellose, polyethylene glycol, red ferric oxide, sugar spheres (sucrose and starch), titanium dioxide, and yellow ferric oxide.

Who should NOT take Reminyl ER?

Do not take this mediction if you are allergic to galantamine or to any of the ingredients of the medication.

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