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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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Namenda (Definition)

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

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

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Weeks into taking Namenda (memantine) I started forgetting things ,doc switched me to Donezepil and I am now more confused Doc re-prescribed it Should I stop?

Weeks into taking Namenda (memantine) I started forgetting things ,doc switched me to Donezepil and I am now more confused Doc re-prescribed it Should I stop?

Aricept (donepezil) & memory: Ur q hi-lites the complexity of geri psych & importance or working closely with ur doc to determine which symptoms are being caused by which illness. Because depression, when severe enough, can cause memory problems - it's key that ur mood tx remains hi priority. If you also have a memory d/o (like AD), donepezil may b right 4 u. What's most important is that you discuss ANY change in meds w doc! ...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 Namenda (memantine) used for?

What is Namenda (memantine) used for?

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