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.
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.
Namanda. Is an nmda n-methyl-d-aspartate receptor antagonist, which may slow nerve damage.
Yes. Namenda (memantine) is a great medication used for memory enhancement. It is at times also used to improve general pain or parkinson disease. It has little side effects and the activating side effects are used for the benefit of the patient if possible.

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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...

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...
Dementia med. Memantine(namenda) works in the brain by blocking excess glutamine in the brain which is found in alzheimers disease. Excess glutamine has been shown to cause over excitation of brain neurons and ultimately cell death. Namenda (memantine) is approved for moderate to severe ad and is often used with another class of dementia meds called cholinestrase inhibitors(like aricept). Read more...
Alzheimer. In early-moderate stages, some might help slow progression, such as aricept, exelon, (rivastigmine) namenda. They belong to the group of medications called Cholinesterase inhibitors. Namenda is an NMDA receptor antagonist. Read more...

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...

How long can namenda (memantine) 5mg be taken after its expiration date?

Expiration date . Few days after the expiration date is ok for most medications. Do not take this medication anymore and get a new rx from you md. Read more...

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?

Up to 3 months. Namenda (memantine) can take UP to 12 weeks to take effect. However, I would provide feedback to the prescriber to keep the information loop updated. . Read more...
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...

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...
See below. Some common side effects you may experience include headache, dizziness, and possibly nausea, diarrhea or constipation. These side effects don’t happen to everyone but if they happen to you or become too troublesome, let your doctor know. Read more...