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Please describe the medication: namenda (memantine)?

Please describe the medication: namenda (memantine)?

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

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Memantine (Definition)

Memantine is a medciation that is used to treat memory loss and mental ...Read more


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Can the medication, namenda, (memantine) cause constricted pupils?

Can the medication, namenda, (memantine) cause constricted pupils?

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

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

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

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

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Which alzheimer's drug is most effective: Aricept or namenda (memantine)?

Which alzheimer's drug is most effective: Aricept or namenda (memantine)?

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

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Expert opinions? Which alzheimer's drug is more effective: Aricept or namenda (memantine)?

Expert opinions? Which alzheimer's drug is more effective: Aricept or namenda (memantine)?

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

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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?

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

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What is Namenda (memantine) used for?

What is Namenda (memantine) used for?

Alzheimer's dementia: Most commonly this medication is prescribed for this disorder. ...Read more

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How does namenda (memantine) work?

How does namenda (memantine) work?

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

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

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

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

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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?

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

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Side effects of namenda (memantine)?

Side effects of namenda (memantine)?

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

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What side effects are associated with Namenda (memantine)?

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What side effects are associated with Namenda (memantine)?

Namenda (memantine): Mainly headaches, diarrhea & dizziness. Caution with liver problems. ...Read more

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How successful is memantine in reducing symptoms of alzheimers?

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

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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

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

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Could namenda (memantine) and trazodone be taken for alzheimers?

Could namenda (memantine) and trazodone be taken for alzheimers?

Why trazodone?: Namenda (memantine) is a medication approved for treatment of dementia. Sometimes trazodone is given for sleep, but in an older person there may be risk of falling due to sudden drops in blood pressure. ...Read more

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Can pregnant women take Namenda (memantine)?

Can pregnant women take Namenda (memantine)?

Unusual: Since Namenda (memantine) is a treatment for dementia, I don't think it would be prescribed for someone who is pregnant. ...Read more

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How do you know when Aricept and namenda (memantine) have stopped working?

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

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Is there a benefit in taking memantine with the exelon (rivastigmine) patch? Are there any side effects?

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

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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?

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

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What are the side effects of stopping Aricept and namenda (memantine)?

What are the side effects of stopping Aricept and namenda (memantine)?

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

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I am on namenda (memantine) for my alzheimer’s ani causes huge constipation. Any suggestions?

Not uncommon: Increase fiber in your diet, and drink more water, as this may assist. A stool softener may also be an answer. But if all else fails, could stop and switch to a cholinesterase inhibitor, such as Aricept or Exelon (rivastigmine). ...Read more

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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

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

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Can namenda (memantine) stop progression of alzheimer's?

Can namenda (memantine) stop progression of alzheimer's?

No: It slows down the progression but it does not stop. Unfortunately, at the present time, there are no fda approved medications that have shown to cure or to stop the progression of alzheimer's disease. There are ongoing studies to find ways to cure... ...Read more

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Could namenda (memantine) stop the progression of alzheimer's disease?

Helps somewhat: Does not really stop progression, merely slows the deterioration somewhat and helps some of the associated issues such as agitation. But in combination with a cholinesterase inhibitor, may truly be very useful. ...Read more