Namenda (memantine) is a central nervous system stimulant that is used to treat Alzheimer"s disease and dementia. Namenda works by limiting the actions of chemicals that contribute to Alzheimer"s disease or dementia. The drug is part of the NMDA receptor antagonists drug class. Note, Namenda (memantine) will not cure the disease.
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Namenda is used to treat symptoms associated with Alzheimer"s disease. Namenda works to reduce dementia by reducing chemicals that contribute to Alzheimer"s disease. The drug, while reducing symptoms of the disease, will not cure the disease. Namenda (memantine) should only be used to treat severe dementia.
Namenda may help to reduce symptoms of the disease but will not stop the disease from spreading or worsening. A medical professional will prescribe Namenda (memantine) if they feel it will benefit the individual. Below you will find the different types of conditions that can be treated by using Namenda:
- Alzheimer"s disease
Namenda dosage is completely dependent on the individual that takes it, as it can be used for a variety of conditions. Note that the amount of Namenda you take also depends on the age of the individual. In addition to that the amount of Namenda you take also depends on the strength of each pill/tablet and the amount of times you plan on taking the pill/tablet a day. Note that Namenda also depends on the type of condition you are treating.
Namenda dosage for Alzheimer"s disease
- (Extended-release) For adults, begin your daily dosage at 7mg. Consult with your doctor to increase your dosage as needed.
- (Solution and tablets) For adults, begin your daily dosage at 5mg. Consult with your doctor to increase your dosage as needed.
- For children, correct usage and dosage should be determined by a doctor.
Namenda Side Effects
Namenda, like any other drug, comes with its collection of side effects that vary with each individual who uses it. If you experience any severe side effects, consult with your doctor or medical professional immediately.
Common Namenda Side Effects
- Dizziness or exhaustion
- Weight loss
- Swelling of hands or feet
- Easy bruising
- Joint pain
- Skin rash
- Swelling around eyes
Consult with your doctor if you experience any of the following side effects:
- Chest tightness
- Sudden numbness
- Lack of coordination
- Changes in urination
- Pale skin
- Increased blood pressure
Below you will find a list of Namenda (memantine) drug and substance interactions. In many cases, Namenda should not be combined with other medications unless approved by a physician. Consult your physician or medical professional before taking any new medication (prescription or over the counter medications). Note that this list does not include a variety of over the counter drugs and vitamins that could also counteract and alter Namenda. Before taking Namenda (memantine), consult with your doctor or medical professional for a complete list of interactions.