There are several disorders that can cause dementia, but Alzheimer’s disease is the most common reason in the USA and most other countries. Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease (AD), there are Rx drugs available that can help treat mild to moderate confusion and slow the progression of your symptoms.
Razadyne ER is one of the drugs your doctor may prescribe, or generic Galantamine Extended Release, a cholinesterase inhibitor that can help improve your memory, awareness, and your ability to perform your everyday tasks. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
When taken as directed, Razadyne ER works by blocking the action of an enzyme that is responsible for destroying acetylcholine, a brain chemical that nerve cells use to communicate among each other and is responsible for learning, short-term memory, and more. It is believed that low levels of acetylcholine are responsible for some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and by preventing its destruction your thinking will improve.
The 2 main types of Alzheimer’s disease are 1.) Early-onset Alzheimer’s ; this may be diagnosed as early as your 40’s or 50’s and appears to be connected to a defect in a particular part of your DNA. This is rare and only up to 5% of all those with AD are younger than 65 years old. 2.) Late-onset AD; the most common type of Alzheimer’s that is usually diagnosed at 65 years and older. There is little known about why some people are affected and not others.
Risk factors for dementia include your age, alcohol consumption, genetics, and hypertension. It’s important for an early diagnosis of AD before symptoms have progressed and dementia becomes severe. The sooner your doctor starts you on Razadyne ER (called Reminyl ER in Canada), the better chance you have of improving your symptoms.
Discuss other medical conditions or allergies with your doctor and list any OTC or Rx drugs you currently take or use, including alternative medicine so your doctor can determine if Razadyne ER is the right medication for you. Bring your spouse, friend, caregiver, or relative to your doctor visits so you can be reminded of any instructions you may have forgotten or were confused about. If you are scheduled for any dental or surgical procedure that requires sedation, make sure the medical staff is aware of the meds you are on or that may need to be stopped beforehand.
To make it easier to remember when to take Razadyne ER, use a 7-day pill organizer and keep a calendar handy, also write yourself notes to keep track of when refills will be needed so you don’t run out. Your doctor may start you out with a lower dose of Razadyne ER and increase it gradually in order to avoid some side effects. All medications should be stored safely out of children’s reach and away from pets.