Reminyl, also known as Galantamine is actually a cholinesterase inhibitor. By enhancing acetylcholine in the brain, it helps in the reduction of the signs of dementia in patients. It is particularly useful in treating people suffering from Alzheimer disease and helps reduce symptoms like impairment of memory and judgment, changes in personality and even abstract thinking.
Medication must always be taken as advised by your medical practitioner/physician. If you are unsure, then please contact your physician for precise instructions. On the other hand, the medicine label usually contains dosage instructions which also may be followed.
Reminyl may be taken with a meal or without a meal to prevent stomach problems.
A full glass of water when taken with Reminyl always ensures better absorption.
Medications are prescribed according to a dosage schedule which must be completed in order to reap the benefits of the treatment. Lapsed schedules render Reminyl ineffective. So, never stop in between unless advised by your physician.
One of the best ways to ensure that you do not miss out on a dose is to maintain a fixed regime for consuming Reminyl each day.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Reminyl being a cholinesterase inhibitor increases the amount of acetylcholine in the brain. This further helps in the reduction of dementia symptoms especially in patients suffering from the Alzheimer disease.
You must maintain a schedule for taking the medicine at the same time each day so that you do not miss out on any doses. But, in the advent of a missed dose, take it as soon as you remember so that you can compensate for the loss of the dose.
But, then you may need to adjust your remaining doses accordingly. And if it is almost time for the next dose, then please skip the missed dose and continue with the normal schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Reminyl must be stored at a cool and dark place that prevents it from direct exposure to sunlight. It should also be protected from kids and pets. You can store it at room temperature preferably between 20 to 25 degrees C.
If you are allergic to any ingredient in Reminyl (you may check medicine label) then please do not use it without consulting your doctor.
You must also avoid using Reminyl if you have conditions like kidney or liver dysfunction.
Ensure that your doctor is aware of your past and current medical history before you start any new treatment or medication. This must include any and all diseases that you have suffered /suffer from, all subscription and over the counter medication that you are taking, including vitamins and herbal supplements. This will help avoid a possible interaction or allergy.
The dosage of Reminyl should be gradually increased in all patients so as to make the body adjust to the effects of the medication.
Reminyl is known to make some people dizzy or drowsy. And if you consume alcoholic beverages, then the chances of this happening increase greatly. Hence, alcohol and alcoholic beverages must be strictly avoided while taking Reminyl. If you have experienced drowsiness after taking Reminyl, then avoid tasks that require mental alertness for example, driving, handling heavy equipment or machinery etc.
Your lab technician or doctor must be informed that you are taking Reminyl before you undergo any lab tests or emergency surgical procedures.
Proper care and caution must be taken when Reminyl is prescribed to patients especially who are children.
If you are planning to have a baby or are pregnant already then you must seek advice from your doctor before using Reminyl. Discuss the effects and possible risks that Reminyl usage may have on the unborn baby.
If you are breast feeding your child, then too seek medical advice before using Reminyl. Some drugs may be excreted in the breast milk and may harm the baby.