REMINYL is very useful in treating mild to moderate dementia (e.g., impairment of memory or judgment, abstract thinking, changes in personality) in patients with Alzheimer disease and it works by increasing the amount of a certain substance (acetylcholine) in the brain, which reduces symptoms of dementia in patients with Alzheimer disease.
Following the dosage instructions of your doctor is the best way to use any medication. If you are unsure or do not remember the instructions then you may read the medicine label for more detailed information.
You are advised to take REMINYL with a meal.
It is very important that you complete the dosage schedule and do not interrupt it in between without seeking prior consultation from your doctor.
Taking your medication at the same time each day is a tried and tested method to avoid missing any doses.
Drug Class and Mechanism
REMINYL falls under cholinesterase inhibitor and it works by increasing the amount of a certain substance (acetylcholine) in the brain, which reduces symptoms of dementia in patients with Alzheimer disease.
Despite your best attempts at remembering, if you still miss out on a dose, then take it as soon as you remember about it. But keep in mind that you will have to adjust your next dose by spacing it out by 4 to 5 hours. If this is not possible, then the best thing to do would be to skip the missed dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects. Storage
Store REMINYL at room temperature between 68 and 77 degrees F(20 and 25 degrees C). Always keep it in a cool dark place that is not directly exposed to sources of heat or moisture and sunlight. Protect it from kids and pets.
Doctors advise against using REMINYL if you are allergic to any ingredient in it or if you have conditions like severely decreased liver or kidney function.
Discuss your past/current medical history in detail with your doctor before beginning treatment with any new medication. If you are using any herbal supplements or over the counter medication, including vitamin pills, then mention it to your doctor.
REMINYL may increase the risk of getting dizziness or drowsiness. This risk greatly increases if you combine it with alcoholic beverages. So please avoid them while using REMINYL. Also, avoid undertaking any tasks which require mental alertness (driving, handling heavy machinery etc).
REMINYL should not be used by children.
If you are expecting a child or are planning to have a child in the near future, then consult your doctor before using REMINYL to discuss any possible threats to the unborn baby.
If you are a nursing mother and breast feed your baby, then too, seek consultation before using REMINYL as some drugs are excreted in the breast milk and may enter the baby.
Most medications have some kind of side effects associated with them. The commonest of these side effects are temporary and mild and fade away without any special attention.
These include diarrhea; dizziness; headache; loss of appetite; nausea; stomach upset; tiredness; vomiting; weight loss.
However, in some cases, these mild side effects may persist or become bothersome. In such cases, seek medical attention.
Also, in some rare cases, it may lead to severe side effects like severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bloody, black, or tarry stools; chest pain; decreased urination; depression; fainting; fever; seizures; severe or persistent tiredness or weakness; slow or irregular heartbeat; tremor.
Seek medical attention if you notice any of these side effects.
Side effects that are not listed here may also occur.