Razadyne (galantamine), formerly Reminyl, is used to treat mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular Dementia, and other memory impairments. Galantamine had been sold in the US as a dietary supplement for dream and memory support until it was approved as a drug by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2001.
Razadyne is thought to work by increasing acetylcholine, a chemical messenger, in the brain. It is available as an oral solution and in tablet form. Therapy typically starts at a low dose taken twice a day. The dose is then increased at four week intervals.
Razadyne, however, is a temporary remedy, it doesn't work for everyone, and it doesn't halt the underlying disease. Some patients may also be allergic to the drug. And it can be dangerous drug when used by anyone with liver disease, kidney disease, severe asthma, obstructive lung disease, a heart irregularity, or a history of stomach ulcers.
In March 2005, the FDA issued an alert concerning two clinical studies in which people who took the drug had a higher death rate than those who took a placebo. In April 2006, the FDA then approved labeling changes warning of the risk for bradycardia, an apparent risk of syncope and, in certain predisposed persons, a risk of atrioventricular block.
Other potential side effects associated with the use of Razadyne for which medical care should be sought immediately include:
- difficulty urinating
- burning or pain while urinating
- blood in urine
- slowed heartbeat
- shortness of breath
- black, tarry stools
- blood in stools
- blood in vomit
- vomit that looks like coffee grounds
Other side effects for which medical care should be sought when persistent or severe include:
- urinary tract infection
- loss of appetite
- weight loss
- abdominal pain/indigestion/heartburn
- runny nose
- pale skin
- inability to sleep
If you or a loved one has suffered or is suffering side effects associated with the use of Razadyne or galantamine, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a qualified pharmaceutical injury attorney for an evaluation of your case.