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Namenda

Generic Name: Memantine memantine meh-MAN-teen meh-MAN-teen
Names of Brands: Namenda, Namenda XR
Drug Class: Miscellaneous central nervous system agents

What is Namenda?

Namenda lowers the activity of the brain's chemicals that could contribute to the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.Namenda is a treatment for mild to severe dementia of the Alzheimer's type. Alzheimer's type.

The named drug can also be used to treat conditions not mentioned in this guideline for medication.

Warnings

Before taking Namenda, consult your physician to see if you're allergic to any medication or if you suffer from seizures, cataracts, kidney or liver diseases, or kidney or bladder infections.

Namenda may cause adverse effects that can affect your ability to think or react. Be aware of this if you are driving or engaging in any activity that requires you to be alert and aware.

Before you take this drug

It is best not to make use of Namenda in case you have an allergy to memantine.

To ensure Namenda is appropriate for you, speak to your doctor about:

  • Epilepsy, or any other seizure disorders;
  • Liver disease;
  • Kidney disease;
  • Problems with urination and
  • A kidney or bladder infection.

Namenda is not thought to harm a baby who is not yet born. Inform your doctor if you are expecting or planning to be pregnant.

It is not clear if memantine is absorbed into breast milk or whether it can harm the nursing infant. Consult your physician if you are breastfeeding a baby.

How to Take Namenda?

Use Namenda exactly as prescribed to you. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Your doctor may change the dosage to ensure you are getting the best outcomes. Be sure to not take this medicine in smaller or larger doses or for a longer period than prescribed.Namenda is a drink that can be taken either with or without meals.Do not chew, crush, break, crack, or open the extended-release capsule. Inhale it completely.

To ease swallowing, take the capsule out of the extended-release container and then sprinkle the medicine over one spoonful of applesauce. You can eat it immediately without chewing. Don't keep the mixture to use later on.

Take measurements of liquid medicines (oral solution) with the dosing needle supplied or using an appropriate dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you don't own an instrument for measuring doses, request one from your pharmacist. one.Avoid mixing the oral solution with other liquids.Cleanse the empty syringe in clean water and let it dry out completely after each use.

Make use of Namenda often to reap the greatest benefits. Make sure you refill your prescription prior to running out of medicine completely.Your doctor will be required to examine your progress while you're taking Namenda.

Keep Namenda within the room at room temperature, away from heat and moisture. Keep the medicine bottle in liquid form shut tightly by using the cap supplied. Do not keep the bottle without the syringe for oral use in it.Take note of all patient information, such as medication guides and instructions provided to you. Consult your physician or pharmacist for any additional concerns.

Details on dosage

Usual Adult Dose for Alzheimer's Disease:

IMMEDIATE-RELEASE:
Initial dosage: 5 mg orally every day, and then increased by 5 mg each week.
Maintenance dose: 5 mg per day. Up to 10 mg once a day
Maximum dose: 20 mg per day.
EXTENDED-RELEASE:
Initial dosage: 7 mg taken orally every day, and then gradually increased by 7 mg every week.
Dosage for maintenance 7 mg once a day. Up to 28 mg once per day
Maximum dosage of 28 mg, taken orally at least once per day.
Approved indication: To be used for the treatment of mild to severe Alzheimer's disease.

What happens If I Miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon as you can remember. Do not take your missed dose if you are nearing the time for the next dose. Don't take any extra medication to make up for the missed dose.

If you do not take your dose or fail to take your medication for a number of days, you should call your doctor before taking the medication again.

What happens If I overdose?

Get medical attention in an emergency or contact the poison help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should be avoided?

Namenda can trigger side effects that can affect your ability to think or react. Be aware of this if you are driving or engaging in any activity that requires you to be alert and awake.

Side effects of Namenda

See a doctor immediately. If you are experiencing symptoms of an allergic reaction, Namenda: hives; difficulties breathing or swelling of your lips, face, tongue, throat, or face.

See your doctor right away. If you suffer from:

  • Intense headache severe headache, unfocused vision, and pounding your neck or ears;
  • Seizure (convulsions);
  • Strange shifts in behavior or mood.

Common side effects of Namenda include:

  • Diarrhea;
  • Dizziness;

This isn't a complete list of possible side effects, and other side effects could occur. Consult your physician for advice regarding medical effects. You can report any adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Interaction with other drugs

Discuss with your physician all the medicines you are currently taking and any new medications you begin or stop taking, particularly:

  • Amantadine;
  • Zonisamide;
  • Cough medicine containing dextromethorphan (Delsym Robitussin Maximum Strength Vicks 44 as well as more);
  • Medications to make the urine alkaline, such as urine sodium bicarbonate or potassium citrate (K-Lyte Urocit-K) and the sodium citrate as well as citric acid (Bicitra, Oracit), or sodium citrate and potassium (Citrolith, Polycitra).
  • Medication to treat glaucoma or pressure increases inside the eyes using acetazolamide or methazolamide.

This list is not comprehensive. Other drugs can interfere with memantine. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines such as vitamins and herbal products. There are not all interactions included in this guide to medication.

 

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