Galantamine STADA – Galantamine uses, dose and side effects


8 mg / 16 mg / 24 mg prolonged-release capsules, hard

1. What Galantamine STADA is and what it is used for

Galantamine Stada contains the active substance “galantamine”, a dementia medicine. It is used in adults to treat the symptoms of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease, a type of dementia that affects brain function.

Alzheimer’s disease leads to increasing memory disorders, confusion, and behavioral changes that make it increasingly difficult to cope with everyday activities. These effects are thought to be caused by a deficiency of acetylcholine, a substance that is responsible for transmitting signals between brain cells. Galantamine Stada increases the amount of acetylcholine in the brain and treats the signs of the disease.

The capsules are designed as prolonged-release capsules. This means that the release of one of the drugs takes place at a slower rate.

Galantamine contained in Galantamin Stada may also be approved for the treatment of other conditions not mentioned in this product information. Ask your doctor, pharmacist or other healthcare professional if you have any further questions and always follow their instructions.

2. What you need to know before you use Galantamine STADA

Do not use Galantamine STADA

  • if you are allergic to galantamine or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6)
  • if you have severe liver or kidney disease.

Warnings and cautions

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Galantamin Stada. This medicine is only used for Alzheimer’s disease and is not recommended for other types of memory disorders or confusion.

Serious side effects are

Galantamine Stada can cause serious skin reactions, heart problems, and seizures. You must be aware of these side effects when taking Galantamine Stada. See “Pay attention to serious side effects” in section 4.

Before taking Galantamine Stada, your doctor must know if you have, or have had any of the following:

  • liver or kidney problems
  • heart problems (such as chest discomfort that often occurs as a result of physical activity, heart attack, heart failure , slow or irregular heartbeat), QTc prolongation
  • changes in electrolyte levels (chemical substances found naturally in the blood, such as potassium )
  • gastric ulcer
  • blockage in the stomach or intestines
  • any disease of the nervous system (such as epilepsy or Parkinson’s disease )
  • any lung disease or infection that affects breathing (such as asthma , obstructive pulmonary disease, or pneumonia )
  • problems urinating.

Your doctor will decide if Galantamin Stada is right for you or if your dose needs to be changed.

Also tell your doctor if you have recently had surgery on your stomach, intestines, or bladder. Your doctor may decide that Galantamin Stada is not suitable for you.

Galantamine Stada can cause weight loss. Your doctor will check your weight regularly while you are taking Galantamine Stada.

Children and young people

Galantamine Stada is not recommended for use in children and adolescents.

Other medicines and Galantamine STADA

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken, or might take any other medicines.

Galantamine Stada should not be used with other medicines that work in a similar way. These medicines include:

  • donepezil or rivastigmine (for Alzheimer’s disease )
  • ambenone, neostigmine or pyridostigmine (in severe forms of muscle weakness)
  • pilocarpine (taken by mouth in case of dry mouth or eye dryness).

Some medicines can cause side effects to become more common in people taking Galantamine Stada. These medicines include:

  • paroxetine or fluoxetine (antidepressant)
  • quinidine (for irregular heartbeat)
  • ketoconazole (an antifungal agent)
  • erythromycin (an antibiotic )
  • ritonavir (against human immunodeficiency virus or ‘HIV’)
  • analgesics of the NSAID -type (non-steroidal antiinflammatory / antirheumatic agents such as ibuprofen ) which can increase the risk of gastric ulcer
  • medicines for heart problems or high blood pressure (such as digoxin , amiodarone , atropine, beta-blockers or calcium channel blockers ). If you are taking medicines for an irregular heartbeat, your doctor may check your heart with an ECG ( electrocardiogram )
  • drugs that affect the QTc interval et.

Your doctor may give you a lower dose of Galantamine Stada if you are taking any of these medicines.

Galantamine Stada may affect certain anesthetics. If you are going to have an operation that requires anesthesia, you must tell your doctor well in advance that you are taking Galantamine Stada.

If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Pregnancy, breastfeeding and fertility

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant, or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine. 

You should not breast-feed while taking Galantamin Stada.

Driving and using machines

Galantamine Stada may make you feel dizzy or tired, especially during the first few weeks of treatment. If Galantamin Stada affects you, do not drive or use any tools or machines.

You are responsible for assessing whether you are fit to drive a motor vehicle or perform work that requires sharpened attention. One of the factors that can affect your ability in these respects is the use of drugs due to their effects and/or side effects. Descriptions of these effects and side effects can be found in other sections. Read all the information in this leaflet for guidance. If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

3. How to use Galantamine STADA

Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure.

If you are currently taking galantamine in the form of tablets or oral solution, and have been told by your doctor to switch to Galantamin Stada prolonged-release capsules, read the instructions under “Switching from galantamine tablets or oral solution to Galantamine Stada prolonged-release capsules  in this section. .

How much should you take?

You start treatment with Galantamine Stada at a low dose. The usual starting dose is 8 mg once a day. Your doctor may gradually increase your dose every 4 weeks or more until you reach a dose that is right for you. The maximum dose is 24 mg, taken once a day.

Your doctor will explain what dose to start with and when the dose one should be increased. If you are not sure what to do or think Galantamin Stada is too strong or too weak, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Your doctor will need to see you at regular intervals to check that the medicine is working and to talk to you about how you are feeling.

If you have liver or kidney problems , your doctor may give you a lower dose of Galantamine Stada or decide that this medicine is not suitable for you.

Switching from galantamine tablets or oral solution to Galantamine Stada prolonged-release capsules

If you are currently taking galantamine tablets or oral solution, your doctor may decide to switch you to Galantamin Stada prolonged-release capsules. If this applies to you:

  • Take your last dose of galantamine tablets or oral solution in the evening.
  • The next morning, take your first dose of Galantamin Stada prolonged-release capsules.

DO NOT TAKE more than 1 prolonged-release capsule per day. While using Galantamine STADA prolonged-release capsules dosage 1 time per day, DO NOT take galantamine tablets or oral solution.

Take Galantamin Stada prolonged-release capsules as follows

Galantamine Stada prolonged-release capsules must be swallowed whole and must NOT be chewed or crushed. Take a dose of Galantamine Stada once a day in the morning with water or other liquid. Try taking Galantamin Stada with food.

Drink plenty of fluids during treatment with Galantamine Stada to avoid dehydration.

If you use more Galantamine than you should STADA 

If you have ingested too much medicine or if e.g. If a child has ingested the medicine by mistake, contact a doctor, hospital, or the Poison Information Center for risk assessment and advice. Take any remaining prolonged-release capsules and packing with you. Signs of overdose maybe

  • severe nausea and vomiting
  • weak muscles, slow heartbeat, seizures and unconsciousness.

If you forget to use Galantamine STADA

If you forget to take a dose, skip that dose completely and take the next dose at the usual time. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.

If you forget to take more than one dose, contact your doctor.

If you stop using Galantamine STADA

Check with your doctor before stopping Galantamine Stada. It is important that you continue to take this medicine to treat your condition.

If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

4. Possible side effects

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

Pay attention to the serious side effect s

Stop taking Galantamin Stada and contact a doctor immediately or see your nearest emergency department if you notice any of the following:

Skin reactions, including:

  • Severe skin rash with blisters and flaky skin, especially around the mouth, nose, eyes and genitals ( Stevens-Johnson syndrome ).
  • Red rash covered with small blisters that can spread over the body, sometimes with fever ( acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis ).
  • Rash that can form blisters, with spots that resemble small targets.

These skin reactions are rare in people taking Galantamine Stada (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people).

Heart problems , including changes in heart rate (such as slow beats or extra beats) or palpitations (fast or uneven heart rhythm). Heart problems can be seen as an abnormal curve on an electrocardiogram ( ECG ) and can be common among people taking Galantamine Stada (may affect up to 1 in 10 people).

Seizures. These are less common among people taking Galantamin Stada (may affect up to 1 in 100 people).

You must stop taking Galantamin Stada and seek help immediately if you notice any of the side effects listed above.

Other side effects are

Very common side effects are(can occur in more than 1 in 10)

  • Nausea and vomiting. These side effects are more likely to occur in the first few weeks of treatment or when the dose is increased . It usually disappears gradually as the body gets used to the drug, and generally lasts only a few days. If you experience such side effects , your doctor may recommend that you drink more fluids, and you may be prescribed anti-nausea medication.

Common side effects are (may affect up to 1 in 10)

  • decreased appetite, weight loss
  • see, feel and hear things that do not exist (hallucinations)
  • Depression
  • dizziness or fainting
  • muscle tremors or muscle spasms
  • headache
  • extreme fatigue, weakness or general malaise
  • extreme sleep with low energy
  • high blood pressure
  • pain or discomfort in the stomach
  • diarrhea
  • digestive problems
  • case
  • wound.

Less common side effects are (may affect up to 1 in 100)

  • allergic reaction
  • insufficient water in the body (dehydration)
  • tingling or numbness in the skin
  • taste changes
  • daytime sleepiness
  • dimsyn
  • earring that does not disappear ( tinnitus )
  • low blood pressure
  • hemorrhage
  • feeling sick (nausea)
  • heavy sweating
  • weak muscles
  • elevated levels of liver enzymes in the blood.

Rare side effects are (may affect up to 1 in 1000)

  • inflammation of the liver ( hepatitis ).

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or nurse. This also applies to any side effects not mentioned in this information. You can also report side effects directly to the Medical Products Agency. By reporting side effects, you can help increase drug safety information.

5. How to store Galantamine STADA

Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.

Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the carton and blister after EXP. The expiration date is the last day of the specified month.

No special storage instructions.

Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.

6. Contents of the packaging and other information

Content declaration

The active substance is galantamine.

  • Each Galantamine Stada 8 mg prolonged-release hard capsule contains 8 mg galantamine (as hydrobromide)
  • Each Galantamine Stada 16 mg prolonged-release hard capsule contains 16 mg galantamine (as hydrobromide)
  • Each Galantamine Stada 24 mg prolonged-release hard capsule contains 24 mg galantamine (as hydrobromide)

Other ingredients are:

The contents of the capsule

Microcrystalline cellulose, hypromellose, ethylcellulose, magnesium stearate

The capsule cover

8 mg: Gelatin, titanium dioxide (E171)

16 mg: Gelatin, titanium dioxide (E171), red iron oxide (E172)

24 mg: Gelatin, titanium dioxide (E171), indigo carmine (E132), erythrosine (E127), red iron oxide (E172), yellow iron oxide (E172)

What the medicine looks like and contents of the pack

Galantamine Stada hard prolonged-release capsules are available in three strengths and each is recognizable by its color:

8 mg: White capsules containing a round biconvex prolonged-release tablet

16 mg pale pink capsule containing two round biconvex release tablet s

24 mg: Orange capsules containing three circular biconvex release tablet s

The capsules are designed as prolonged-release capsules. This means that the release of one of the drugs takes place at a slower rate.

The capsules are available in the following blister packs:

8 mg: 10, 28 ( calendar pack ), 30, 56 ( calendar pack ), 90, 100 or 300 prolonged-release capsules

16 mg: 10, 28 ( calendar pack ), 30, 84 ( calendar pack ), 90, 100 or 300 prolonged-release capsules

24 mg: 10, 28 ( calendar pack ), 30, 84 ( calendar pack ), 90, 100 or 300 prolonged-release capsules

Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

Marketing Authorization Holder and Manufacturer

Marketing Authorization Holder and Manufacturer

STADA Arzneimittel AG

Stadastrasse 2-18,

61118 Bad Vilbel



Pharmathen SA

6 Dervenakion

15351 Pallini Attiki


Pharmathen International SA

Industrial Park Sapes,

Rodopi Prefecture, Block No 5,

Rodopi 69300,


Local representative

STADA Nordic ApS

Marielundvej 46 A

2730 Herlev


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