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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 ›