Razadyne in the Treatment of Alzheimer's
Related Memory Loss

By M. Chris Wolf, PH.D.

Razadyne is the trade name for the generic prescription druggalatamine, which is used to treat memory loss in those withAlzheimer's disease in the mild to moderate phases of the disease. It is essential family members and loved ones of those diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease are aware of the medications the Alzheimer's patient is taking, as well as knowledgeable about the desired effects and side effects of the medication. Given the memory loss and other cognitive deficits experienced with Alzheimer's disease, loved ones serve as a vital line of communication with physicians prescribing the medication and the pharmacists filling the prescriptions. Conversations with professionals to advocate for a family member or loved one are easier when you know about the medications.

What is Razadyne and How Does it Work?

Galatamine is a cholinesterase inhibitor. The drugs in this class act to slow or stop the breakdown of acetylcholine in the synapses of the neurons in the brain. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter important for memory and maintaining clear thought processes. Clinical trials indicate patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease experience a decrease or delay in the cognitive symptoms of the disease.

How is Razadyne Prescribed Administered?

The clinical information provided with this medication recommends starting this drug gradually and increasing the dosage until the desired effects are evident. This is to minimize any harm from potential side effects. The benefits of Galatamine usually manifest about a week after the person starts taking the medication. Most Alzheimer's disease patients with mild to moderate symptoms experienced relief at doses in the range of 16-24 milligrams per day.

What Are the Side Effects and Who Should Not Take This Medication?

People who have kidney and liver impairments need to discuss the risks and benefits of this drug with their doctor, as this drug is metabolized in these organs. Those with COPD and severe asthma must also use caution with this medication to avoid breathing difficulties. Changes in heart rate also occur in some people who take this medication, so those with cardiac issues must be closely monitored when taking this drug.

Potential side effects when taking this medication include the following: gastrointestinal bleeding and ulcers; decreased appetite; lethargy; hypersomnia; aggression; chest pain and fever. It is important to report any and all side effects immediately to the doctor so they can be assessed and adjustments or discontinuation can be considered.

Reference:

National Institute of Health. (2011). Daily Med: About Razadyne. Retrieved August 24, 2011, from Daily Med: http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?id=39942

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For more information about this topic consider these resources:

Medcenter Talking Alarm Clock & Medication Reminder by medcenter

The Handholder's Handbook: A Guide for Caregivers of People with Alzheimer's or Other Dementias by Rosette Teitel


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