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Generic Name: tacrine (TAH crin)
What is tacrine?
Tacrine is used to treat Alzheimer"s disease. Alzheimer"s disease is associated with low levels of a chemical called acetylcholine (ah see til KOH leen) in your brain. The exact way that tacrine works is unknown. However, it is believed that tacrine prevents the breakdown of acetylcholine in your brain.
Tacrine is used to improve thinking and memory in patients with Alzheimer"s disease.
Tacrine may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
What is the most important information I should know about tacrine?Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Tacrine may cause dizziness or drowsiness. If you experience dizziness or drowsiness, avoid these activities.
Who should not take tacrine?
Before taking tacrine, tell your doctor if you
You may not be able to take tacrine or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.Tacrine is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether tacrine will harm an unborn baby. Do not take tacrine without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant. It is also not known whether tacrine passes into breast milk. Do not take tacrine without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I take tacrine?
Take tacrine exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.Take each dose with a full glass of water. If stomach upset occurs, tacrine can be taken with food or milk.
In order to achieve the best result from treatment with tacrine, doses should be taken at regular intervals, as directed by your doctor.Do not increase or decrease the dosage of this medication except under the direction of the prescribing doctor. Store tacrine at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and take the next one as directed. Do not take a double dose of this medication unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
What happens if I overdose?Seek emergency medical attention.
Symptoms of a tacrine overdose include severe nausea, vomiting, watering mouth, sweating, slow heartbeat, slow breathing, prolonged or severe dizziness, fainting, blurred vision, seizures, and collapse.
What should I avoid while taking tacrine?Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Tacrine may cause dizziness or drowsiness. If you experience dizziness or drowsiness, avoid these activities.
Tacrine side effectsSeek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following serious side effects:
Other, less serious side effects may also occur. Continue to take tacrine and talk to your doctor if you experience
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
What other drugs will affect tacrine?
Before taking tacrine, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:
You may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you are taking any of the medicines listed above.
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with tacrine. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.
Where can I get more information?
What does my medication look like?
Tacrine is available with a prescription under the brand name Cognex. Other brand or generic formulations may also be available. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about this medication, especially if it is new to you.
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