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Razadyne is a medicine used to treat dementia (an illness involving confusion, loss of memory, and impaired judgment) in people with Alzheimer's disease. Razadyne is available as tablets, an oral solution, and extended-release capsules (a type of capsule that releases medicine into your body throughout the day) called Razadyne ER.
How does this medication work?
Acetylcholine is a chemical in the brain that helps maintain brain function. In the brain of someone with Alzheimer's disease, acetylcholine levels are low. Razadyne is thought to work by increasing the amount of acetylcholine in the brain. By increasing acetylcholine, Razadyne may help improve your symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: Razadyne has been shown to help with cognition (which includes memory, understanding communication, and reasoning) and with doing daily tasks.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you take Razadyne exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
How do I know it is working?
You or your caregiver may notice an improvement in your condition. Your healthcare provider may ask you or your caregiver a series of questions from time to time that will help assess how well your symptoms are controlled with treatment.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
More common side effects may include: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, decreased appetite.
Less common side effects may include:
Serious skin reactions. Notify your physician at the first appearance of a rash.
Stomach or intestinal problems.
Razadyne may also cause heart problems, bladder outflow obstruction (a condition in which the bladder does not open enough or completely during voiding), or seizures.
Do not take Razadyne if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Razadyne. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney, liver, or heart problems (including problems with irregular, slow, or fast heartbeats); asthma or breathing problems; seizures; stomach ulcers or are taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (such as ibuprofen or naproxen); difficulty passing urine; loss of appetite; or are losing weight.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Razadyne Tablets and Oral Solution
Adults: The recommended starting dose is 4 milligrams (mg) twice a day.
Adults: The recommended starting dose is 8 mg once a day.
Your healthcare provider may increase your dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.
If you have kidney or liver impairment, your healthcare provider may adjust your dose appropriately.
Take Razadyne exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Razadyne without first talking to your healthcare provider.
If you are taking Razadyne tablets or oral solution, take it with your morning and evening meals.
If you are taking Razadyne ER, take it with your morning meal.
Drink plenty of fluids while you are taking Razadyne.
If you are taking Razadyne oral solution, please review the instructions that came with your prescription on how to use the dispensing-pipette and bottle correctly.
Do not take Razadyne oral solution without first reviewing the instructions with your healthcare provider.
If Razadyne is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Razadyne may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking.
The effects of Razadyne during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss a dose of Razadyne tablets or oral solution, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
If you miss a dose of Razadyne ER, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
If you missed taking Razadyne for more than three days, contact your healthcare provider before starting Razadyne again.
Store at room temperature.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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