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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.

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Namenda (Definition)

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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What is a cervical conization?

What is a cervical conization?

Remove precancerous: Cervical conization is a surgery to remove a section of the cervix when there are pre-cancerous cells. This can usually be done in the office, and recovery is not too uncomfortable. Extra repeat pap smears should still be done to make sure all pre-cancerous cells are gone and don't return. Can still have kids after, but cervix can be weak or scarred, so will need special attention when pregnant.

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Can I still conceive after conization?

Can I still conceive after conization?

Yes: Yes. It may be more difficult if there is extensive scarring at the cervical site.

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Will cervix be shorter after conization?

Will cervix be shorter after conization?

Yes always: But may or may not be significant hopefully you are just getting a leep and not a cold knife cone which is worse.

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What can I expect from cervical conization?

What can I expect from cervical conization?

Easy procedure: A cold cone biopsy of the cervix is a quick procedure & usually done in the or in case heavy bleeding is encountered. Either a general anesthetic, IV sedation, or a local injection can be used. I prefer a combination of the later two and my patients do very well. They rarely feel any pain & appreciate the short nap.

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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.

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Cervical conization- what can I expect to happen?

Cervical conization- what can I expect to happen?

Easy procedure: A cold cone biopsy of the cervix is a quick procedure & usually done in the or in case heavy bleeding is encountered. Either a general anesthetic, IV sedation, or a local injection can be used. I prefer a combination of the later two and my patients do very well. They rarely feel any pain & appreciate the short nap.