"TORONTO ? For patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD), early treatment with currently recommended medications may prolong survival and save healthcare dollars, compared with nontreatment, according to a longitudinal retrospective study.
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GALANTAMINE EXTENDED-RELEASE CAPSULE - ORAL
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USES: Galantamine is used to treat mild to moderate confusion (dementia) related to Alzheimer's disease. It does not cure Alzheimer's disease, but it may improve memory, awareness, and the ability to perform daily functions. This medication works by restoring the balance of certain natural substances (neurotransmitters) in the brain.
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth with food, usually once daily in the morning with breakfast or as directed by your doctor. This medication may be taken on an empty stomach if necessary. Drink plenty of fluids with this medication unless instructed otherwise. To lower your risk of side effects, your dosage will be gradually increased to your target dose. Your dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Do not take more than the maximum recommended dose of 24 milligrams per day.
Swallow the capsules whole. Do not crush or chew the capsules. Doing so can destroy the long action of the drug and may increase side effects.
If you stop taking galantamine for several days, consult your doctor or pharmacist before restarting it. Your dosage should be reduced to lower the risk of side effects. Your dosage should then be increased gradually. Follow all your doctor's dosing instructions exactly.
Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Do not stop taking it or increase the dosage unless your doctor instructs you to do so.
It may take at least 4 weeks of continued use before the full benefit of this drug takes effect.
Inform your doctor if your condition worsens.
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