Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Galantamine

  • John C. Courtney
  • Efrain Antonio GonzalezEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_1659

Generic Name

Galantamine

Brand Name

Nivalin, Razadyne, Razadyne ER, and Reminyl

Class

Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors, central; allosteric nicotinic/cholinergic modulator

Proposed Mechanism(s) of Action

Reversibly and competitively inhibits acetylcholinesterase, thus increasing the bioavailability of acetylcholine

Indication

Alzheimer’s disease

Off-Label Use

Memory disturbances and mild cognitive impairment

Side Effects

Serious

Seizure and syncope (both rare)

Common

Nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, anorexia, increased gastric secretion, weight loss, headache, dizziness, fatigue, and depression

References and Readings

  1. Physicians’ desk reference (71st ed.) (2017). Montvale: Thomson PDR.Google Scholar
  2. Stahl, S. M. (2007). Essential psychopharmacology: The prescriber’s guide (2nd ed.). New York: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar

Additional Information

  1. Free Drug Online and PDA Software. www.epocrates.com
  2. Free Drug Online and PDA Software. www.medscape.com

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Socorro Mental HealthPresbyterian Medical ServicesSocorroUSA
  2. 2.College of Psychology, Nova Southeastern UniversityFort LauderdaleUSA
  3. 3.Utah State UniversityLoganUSA