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Galantamine, as a cholinesterase inhibitor, is likely to exaggerate the neuromuscular blocking effects of succinylcholine-type and similar neuromuscular blocking agents during anesthesia.

Cardiovascular Conditions

Because of their pharmacological action, cholinesterase inhibitors have vagotonic effects on the sinoatrial and atrioventricular nodes, leading to bradycardia and AV block. These actions may be particularly important to patients with supraventricular cardiac conduction disorders or to patients taking other drugs concomitantly that significantly slow heart rate. Postmarketing surveillance of marketed anticholinesterase inhibitors has shown, however, that bradycardia and all types of heart block have been reported in patients both with and without known underlying cardiac conduction abnormalities. Therefore all patients should be considered at risk for adverse effects on cardiac conduction.

In randomized controlled trials, bradycardia was reported more frequently in galantamine-treated patients than in placebo-treated patients, but was rarely severe and rarely led to treatment discontinuation. The overall frequency of this event was 2 to 3% for galantamine doses up to 24 mg/day compared with <1% for placebo. No increased incidence of heart block was observed at the recommended doses.

Patients treated with galantamine up to 24 mg/day using the recommended dosing schedule showed a dose-related increase in risk of syncope (placebo 0.7% [2/286]; 4 mg BID 0.4% [3/692]; 8 mg BID 1.3% [7/552]; 12 mg BID 2.2% [6/273]).

Gastrointestinal Conditions

Through their primary action, cholinomimetics may be expected to increase gastric acid secretion due to increased cholinergic activity. Therefore, patients should be monitored closely for symptoms of active or occult gastrointestinal bleeding, especially those with an increased risk for developing ulcers, e.g., those with a history of ulcer disease or patients using concurrent nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). Clinical studies of galantamine have shown no increase, relative to placebo, in the incidence of either peptic ulcer disease or gastrointestinal bleeding.

Galantamine, as a predictable consequence of its pharmacological properties, has been shown to produce nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia, and weight loss (see ADVERSE REACTIONS).


Although this was not observed in clinical trials with galantamine, cholinomimetics may cause bladder outflow obstruction.

Neurological Conditions

Cholinesterase inhibitors are believed to have some potential to cause generalized convulsions. However, seizure activity may also be a manifestation of Alzheimer's disease. In clinical trials, there was no increase in the incidence of convulsions with galantamine, compared to placebo.

Pulmonary Conditions

Because of its cholinomimetic action, galantamine should be prescribed with care to patients with a history of severe asthma or obstructive pulmonary disease.

Legal Issues

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FDA Safety Alerts

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Manufacturer Warnings

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FDA Labeling Changes

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Galantamine hydrobromide is indicated for the treatment of mild to moderate dementia of the Alzheimer's type.


There is currently no drug history available for this drug.

Other Information

Galantamine hydrobromide is a reversible, competitive acetylcholinesterase inhibitor. Galantamine hydrobromide is known chemically as (4aS,6R,8aS)-4a,5,9,10,11,12-hexahydro-3-methoxy-11-methyl-6H-benzofuro [3a,3,2-ef][2]benzazepin-6-ol hydrobromide. It has an empirical formula of C17H21NO3•HBr and a molecular weight of 368.27. Galantamine hydrobromide is a white to almost white powder and is sparingly soluble in water. The structural formula for galantamine hydrobromide is:

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Galantamine hydrobromide for oral use is available in round, white film-coated tablets of 4 mg, 8 mg, and 12 mg. Each 4, 8, and 12 mg (base equivalent) tablet contains 5.128, 10.256, and 15.384 mg of galantamine hydrobromide USP, respectively. Inactive ingredients are colloidal silicon dioxide, crospovidone, hypromellose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, polyethylene glycol and titanium dioxide.

Galantamine Manufacturers

  • Alphapharm Pty Ltd
    Galantamine (Galantamine Hydrobromide) Tablet [Alphapharm Pty Ltd]
  • Ncs Healthcare Of Ky, Inc Dba Vangard Labs
    Galantamine Tablet, Film Coated [Ncs Healthcare Of Ky, Inc Dba Vangard Labs]
  • Mylan Institutional Inc.
    Galantamine Tablet, Film Coated [Mylan Institutional Inc.]
  • Cadila Healthcare Limited
    Galantamine Tablet, Film Coated [Cadila Healthcare Limited]
  • Zydus Pharmaceuticals (Usa) Inc.
    Galantamine Tablet, Film Coated [Zydus Pharmaceuticals (Usa) Inc.]
  • Aurobindo Pharma Limited
    Galantamine Tablet, Film Coated [Aurobindo Pharma Limited]
  • Apotex Corp.
    Galantamine (Galantamine Hydrobromide) Tablet, Film Coated [Apotex Corp.]
  • Citron Pharma Llc
    Galantamine Tablet, Film Coated [Citron Pharma Llc]
  • Greenstone Llc
    Galantamine Tablet, Film Coated [Greenstone Llc]
  • Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc.
    Galantamine Tablet, Film Coated [Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc.]
  • American Health Packaging
    Galantamine Tablet, Film Coated [American Health Packaging]
  • Mckesson Packaging Services A Business Unit Of Mckesson Corporation
    Galantamine Tablet, Film Coated [Mckesson Packaging Services A Business Unit Of Mckesson Corporation]

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