TACRINE (Oral) (Capsule)

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TACRINE (Oral) (Capsule) Drug and Prescription Information

TACRINE (Oral) (Capsule)

TACRINE (Oral) (Capsule) Medication Classification

TACRINE (By mouth)

TACRINE (Oral) (Capsule) Brandname


TACRINE (Oral) (Capsule) is used for the Treatment

Tacrine (TAK-reen) Treats symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, such as confusion or memory loss.

When To Not Use TACRINE (Oral) (Capsule)

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to tacrine or if you are allergic to acridine medicines such as Monacrin® (used to treat skin infection or to clean wounds). Make sure your doctor knows if you took tacrine before and developed yellowing of the skin or eyes.

How Should You Use TACRINE (Oral) (Capsule)


  • Take this medicine exactly as your doctor ordered.
  • Take tacrine at least 1 hour before meals. If it upsets your stomach, you may take tacrine with food (although you may not absorb as much medicine if you have food in your stomach).
  • If a dose is missed:
  • Take the missed dose as soon as possible.
  • Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next regular dose.
  • You should not use two doses at the same time.

Proper TACRINE (Oral) (Capsule) Storage

Store TACRINE (Oral) (Capsule) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep TACRINE (Oral) (Capsule) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using TACRINE (Oral) (Capsule)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are taking any of these medicines: Bentyl®; Cystospaz®; Transderm Scop®; theophylline; Tagamet®; or Urecholine®.
  • Taking tacrine with aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil®), and arthritis medicine (such as Naprosyn®, Indocin®, or Feldene®) can increase the risk of developing stomach ulcers.

TACRINE (Oral) (Capsule) Warnings

  • Check with your doctor before taking tacrine if you have an irregular heartbeat, stomach ulcers, liver disease, or asthma.
  • If you are having any type of surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking tacrine.
  • It is very important when you first start taking tacrine that you have regular blood tests to check your liver. Follow your doctor's instructions.
  • Talk to your doctor before you stop taking tacrine or take less medicine than your doctor ordered. Suddenly decreasing the amount of medicine you take may make confusion or memory loss worse.

TACRINE (Oral) (Capsule) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • Extreme weakness or unsteadiness
  • Changes in the color of stools (black, dark-colored, or light-colored)
  • Chills or fever
  • Severe nausea and vomiting
  • Trouble urinating, or painful urination
  • Seizures
  • Chest pain
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Indigestion or gas
  • Poor appetite
  • Feeling drowsy or dizzy
  • Mild tremors (shakiness) or anxiety

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