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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 2 more doctor answers