Reminyl is a drug prescribed to treat symptoms of mild to moderately severe dementia in Alzheimer’s.

Why have I been prescribed Reminyl?

  • Reminyl is a drug prescribed to treat symptoms of mild to moderately severe dementia in Alzheimer’s

How does it work?

  • The drug in Reminyl is Galantamine. It belongs to a family of drugs called cholinesterase inhibitors which increase the levels of a chemical in the brain (Acetylcholine) which is known to be lowered in Alzheimer’s.

When and how do I take Reminyl?

  • Usually, Reminyl is taken twice daily with morning and evening meals
  • Reminyl XL is usually taken once a day

What’s the dose?

  • Usually, you will start with 4mg twice a day for 4 weeks.
This may be increased to 8mg twice a day or even 12mg twice a day.
  • XL preparations are usually just taken once a day.
  • How long will they take to work?

    • It may take up to 12 weeks to see effect.

    Could they interact with other tablets?

    Reminyl can interact with some other medications so let your doctor know what you are taking. Because of the way it works, it should not be given with drugs that act in a similar way (such as ambenonium, donepezil, neostigmine, pyridostigmine, rivastigmine or systemically administered pilocarpine). Galantamine has the potential to counteract the effect of  medicines called anticholinergics. Herbal supplements should be used with caution and only after informing your doctor first.

    What are the possible risks or side-effects?

    • Like all medicines, Reminyl may cause some side effects. The most common side effects are nausea and vomiting. Let your doctor know if you experience these.
    • Other possible side effects include: abdominal pain, diarrhoea, indigestion, decreased appetite, difficulty swallowing, bleeding in the digestive system, weight loss, low blood potassium, low blood pressure, dehydration (sometimes severe), seizures, agitation, aggression, hallucinations, weakness, fever, malaise, leg cramps, tingling in the hands or feet, ringing in the ears, headache, dizziness, tiredness, sleeplessness, runny nose, urinary tract infection, falling (sometimes resulting in injury), fainting or fluttering of the heart.
    • Side effects are most likely to occur after an increase in dosage and may go away as you continue your treatment. If they don't, however, tell your doctor.

    Can I drink alcohol while taking Reminyl?

    Patients taking Reminyl should not drink alcohol because the combination may cause increased drowsiness and sedation. Also, the sedative effects of alcohol may act as a depressant, counteracting the effects of Reminyl.

    What if I’m pregnant/breastfeeding?

    • Reminyl should be used with caution in pregnancy and only if necessary. It should not be used while breast feeding.
    • If you have any other questions please contact your Pharmacist.

    Remember to keep all medicines out of reach of children
    Please Note:
    We have made every effort to ensure that the content of this information sheet is correct at time of publish, but remember that information about drugs may change. This sheet does not list all the uses and side-effects associated with this drug. For full details please see the drug information leaflet which comes with your medicine. Your doctor will assess your medical circumstances and draw your attention to any information or side-effects which may be relevant in your particular case.
     

    References: 

    1. Medicines.ie Website- Reminyl SPC                                                                                          http://www.medicines.ie/medicine/6796/SPC/Reminyl+Tablets/

    2. Medicines.ie Website- Reminyl PIL                                                                                     http://www.medicines.ie/medicine/9351/PIL/Reminyl+Tablets/

    Health Reference: Alzheimer's Disease