Galantamine improves cognition in schizophrenic patients stabilized on risperidone. Academic Article uri icon


  • BACKGROUND: Cognition in schizophrenia is impaired in a variety of cognitive domains. Galantamine, a cholinesterase inhibitor with putative nicotinic agonist-like effects, improves cognition in Alzheimer's patients. METHODS: Sixteen schizophrenic or schizoaffective patients stabilized on risperidone were administered galantamine (n=8) or placebo (n=8) in a randomized, double-blind trial. The Repeatable Battery for Assessment of Neuropsychological Status (RBANS) assessed changes in cognitive performance over an eight-week treatment interval. RESULTS: Clinical symptoms improved in both groups during the trial with no evidence that galantamine exacerbated extrapyramidal symptoms. Patients treated with galantamine experienced an overall improvement in cognitive performance (RBANS Total scale score; galantamine = 12.1 +/- 12.8 SD, placebo = .5 +/- 13.5, t = 2.32, p < .04). Confidence intervals suggest that RBANS Attention and Delayed Memory subscale performance was robustly improved in galantamine patients by approximately one standard deviation, effectively normalizing cognitive performance in these domains. CONCLUSIONS: Adjunctive treatment with galantamine improves memory and attention in patients with schizophrenia who are stabilized on risperidone, providing the opportunity to improve functional outcome in these patients.

published proceedings

  • Biol Psychiatry

author list (cited authors)

  • Schubert, M. H., Young, K. A., & Hicks, P. B.

citation count

  • 124

complete list of authors

  • Schubert, Max H||Young, Keith A||Hicks, Paul B

publication date

  • January 2006