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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. ...Read more
Probably not: This is not one of the listed side effects. However, if you began having this problem when you started the medication, contact your doctor and discuss this with him/her. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Early vs later stage: Both relieve symptoms of the disease & focus on neurotransmitters key to memory and learning. Aricept focuses on acetycholine in an attempt to slow its loss because of alzheimer's. Namenda (memantine) focuses on glutamate, blocking the excess produced as a part of the disease. Namenda (memantine) is better suited to moderate to advanced stages of alzheimer's, while Aricept is for early onset through advanced stages. ...Read more
Yes: They both have advantages and disadvantages. To learn about the risks and benefits to make a decision you should consult your doctor. ...Read more
Mom in mid-stage ft dementia. Gets bloodshot eyes every 3-4 wks. On namenda, (memantine) aricept, 0.25mg risperdal. Most likely drugs or disease the cause?
Partly,: Persons with dementis blink a lot less than needed. You see them staring off into space. The eyes are usually red form dryness irritation. Use lubricating eye drops as needed-; refresh, systane or blink eyes drops all are available as over the counter treatment. ...Read more
Neurochemistry 101: Persistent activation of central nervous system nmda receptors by the excitatory Amino Acid glutamate has been hypothesized to contribute to the symptomatology of alzheimer’s disease. Namenda (memantine) is postulated to exert its therapeutic effect through its action by blocking nmda receptors. Namenda (memantine) is approved by the fda for the treatment of moderate to severe alzheimer's dementia. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Expired Namenda (memantine): Not advised. Call your doctor for a new prescription. ...Read more
I take Namenda (memantine) 10mg once a day but have not noticed an improvement, just noticed that it has gotten worse. It has been a month, when does it kick in?
Step-by-step: The mfg suggests a weekly step up over a month from once a day 5mg thru twice a day 10mg. So, your dose is only half that. Also, it is intended for Alzheimer's not vascular - so, it might not be the best for you depending on your condition. Your doctor is the best person to discuss this all with. It's follow-up to the prescribing. Best! ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Memantine: Memantine significantly reduces the cognitive symptoms of alzheimer's: improvement in language, memory, orientation, & following directions http://tinyurl. Com/m8wykwl it can delay need for nursing home placement. Unfortunately, it does not stop the progression of the disease itself. Full text article available on this and other treatments at: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/22035455. ...Read more
Since I have been of Donezepil I am forgetting more. Does Donezepil make you forget more? Been on Donezepil since 5/14 previous on Namenda (memantine) for 1 month
Donepezil & memory: Because donepezil (aricept, a cholinesterase inhibitor) and Nemenda (memantine, an NMDA receptor antagonist) are both used to treat memory disorders, it is difficult to establish if a patient, who already suffers from a form of dementia is having a side effect, or is experiencing progression of their memory problem. See ur prescribing doc. S/He, who knows your course & history, can determine 4 u! ...Read more
Namenda (memantine): Yes you do.Get a more detailed answer ›
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Tough to be sure: These medicines are designed to help slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease. Since it doesn't necessarily improve symptoms, it can be difficult to know if it is working or not. There have been some studies with Aricept (donepezil) showing that even in severely demented individuals, there is still benefit. If there is no quality of life (i.e. No communication, no adls), I would stop the medicine. ...Read more
Is there a benefit in taking memantine with the exelon (rivastigmine) patch? Are there any side effects?
Alzheimer's disease: Memantine is indicated for the treatment of moderate and late stages of alzheimer's disease. The benefits may be subtle, mainly noticed by relatives in the form of better ability to communicate. It is designed to be used in combination with either exelon, (rivastigmine) razadyne or aricept. Side effects may include irritability, confusion, tremors and dizziness. Needs dose adjustment for impaired renal function. ...Read more
Can donepezil & memantine be avoided until symptoms become worse as they may not function later or minimum dose of 5mg each be taken to prevent?
If Alzheimer's now: These drugs are designed to slow down the progress and maintain function as long as possible. They are best used as soon as possible, as they do not reverse the damage. ...Read more
Worsening: Back to a baseline, significantly lower level of functioning is the most common phenomenon, which is seen by family/staff as a sudden worsening of the dementia (depending on the stage), it may consist of forgetting names, inability to execute simple tasks, not recognizing people/places, incontinence, etc. ...Read more
I stopped taking namenda (memantine) a few days ago because of confusion problems, how long do the effects last after stopping? I now take Donepezil 5mg
Good change, I hope: The half-life of Namenda (memantine) is no more than 80 hrs. This should mean that it will be unlikely to still have and effects in a week to 10 days. But your doctor or a pharmacist may explain it better. The new drug should not have that side effect, but watch it and discuss risks w/ the doctor too. Best wishes for good results! ...Read more