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please describe the medication: namenda (memantine)?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Alzheimer's: Indicated for moderate to severe alzheimer's dementia, and used best in combination with anticholinergic drugs. Seems to slow memory loss, improve behavior, especially agitation, and maybe very useful in nursing homes, where has been noted to improve tv watching. Actually very safe, but only modestly effective.
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 34 years experience
Dementia med: Memantine(namenda) works in the brain by blocking excess glutamine in the brain which is found in alzheimers disease. Excess glutamine has been shown to cause over excitation of brain neurons and ultimately cell death. Namenda (memantine) is approved for moderate to severe ad and is often used with another class of dementia meds called cholinestrase inhibitors(like aricept).
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Alzheimer: In early-moderate stages, some might help slow progression, such as aricept, exelon, (rivastigmine) namenda. They belong to the group of medications called Cholinesterase inhibitors. Namenda is an NMDA receptor antagonist.

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A 38-year-old male asked:

How does namenda (memantine) work?

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Dr. Marcel Hungs
Neurology 26 years experience
Yes: Namenda (memantine) is a great medication used for memory enhancement. It is at times also used to improve general pain or parkinson disease. It has little side effects and the activating side effects are used for the benefit of the patient if possible.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Side effects of namenda (memantine)?

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Dr. Edward Smith
Neurosurgery 54 years experience
Dizziness: The main side-effect (3%) compared to placebo in fda trials was dizziness. However a small percentage of demented patients may have varying symptoms including aggressiveness, apathy, depression. Behavioral changes happen within the first few weeks as a rule but are reversible with discontinuation.
A 29-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me about the drug namenda (memantine)?

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Dr. Anthony Anzalone
Obstetrics and Gynecology 68 years experience
Used for Alzheimer: It's used to treat the symptoms of alzheimer's disease. It works by decreasing abnormal activity in the brain. Can help people with alzheimer's disease to think more clearly and perform daily activities more easily, but it is not a cure and does not stop the progression of the disease.
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A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: namenda (memantine)?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
For Alzheimer's: Memantine is used to control symptoms of moderate to severe alzheimer's disease, and may help behavior, adl's, and confusion. It is modestly useful and is best employed in combination with anti-cholinergic medicines.
A 49-year-old member asked:

What side effects are associated with Namenda (memantine)?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Namenda (memantine): Mainly headaches, diarrhea & dizziness. Caution with liver problems.

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