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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

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. ...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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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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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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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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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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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Cervical conization- what can I expect? Will I be out?

Discuss with doctor : Cold knife conization is a procedure in which a cone shaped biopsy of the cervix is removed to treat cervical dysplasia. No overnight stay is required unless complications arise. You will be put under general anesthesia and the surgery lasts approximately 30 minutes. Your total recovery time varies from 1-2 weeks. The cervix, however, usually takes 4-6 weeks to heal completely. ...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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Cervical conization risks while pregnant?

Cervical conization risks while pregnant?

Pregnancy: Miscarriage could occur if early in pregnancy. Preterm labor/delivery or cervical weakening could occur if later. Would advise discussing with a gyn oncologist and hi risk ob--if cancer risk is high that may outweigh pregnancy risks. ...Read more

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Scheduled for a leep conization tomrrow morning, what to expect?

Scheduled for a leep conization tomrrow morning, what to expect?

Not to worry: Crampy pain during procedure if you're not under anesthesia, some bleeding after, like a period.
Your doctor should also provide instructions and information in the post procedure paperwork. ...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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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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What is a leep conization and who in nyc would be best to get a second opinion?

What is a leep conization and who in nyc would be best to get a second opinion?

Cervix biopsy: Loop electrosurgical excision procedure (leep) is a low risk way of removing dysplastic (precancerous) cells/tissue from the cervix. It's an office procedure with local anesthesia to treat high grade (cin ii or iii, cis, or hgsil) lesions seen on colposcopy. A second opinion from any gyn or gyn onc would be appropriate if needed. Your doc should be able to give you all the information you need. ...Read more