Namenda

(Memantine)

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Treats dementia.

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Our bottom line

Namenda (Memantine) is one of the few medications that can be used to treat moderate to severe dementia caused by Alzheimer's.

Quick facts about Namenda
  • Drug class: Neurology
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (memantine)
Prices and discounts
Lowest price for 60 10mg tablets
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Upsides

  • Only used to treat moderate to severe dementia caused by Alzheimer's disease.
  • It's available as an immediate-release tablet, a solution, and an extended-release tablet.
  • Can cause fewer side effects than other medicines used to treat Alzheimer's disease.
  • Available as a generic, which is cheaper.
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Downsides

  • Like other medications for dementia, it only slows down the progression of the disease; it doesn't stop or reverse it.
Prices and discounts
Lowest price for 60 10mg tablets
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$15.00
How it works

Namenda (Memantine) is an NMDA receptor antagonist. Researchers don't know exactly how it helps treat Alzheimer's disease, but it blocks an amino acid called glutamine, which seems to protect nerves from overstimulation.

Quick facts about Namenda
  • Drug class: Neurology
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (memantine)

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Extended release
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Side effect rates for Namenda (Memantine)

From 1862 clinical trials of Namenda when taken for dementia
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Constipation
  • Hypertension
  • Coughing
  • Pain
  • Vomiting
  • Back pain
  • Somnolence

Risks and Warnings for Namenda (Memantine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • History of seizures

    Namenda (Memantine) has been shown to raise the chances of someone having a seizure if they've had seizures in the past. Talk to your doctor if you've had a history of seizures to see if an alternative should be prescribed instead.

Common concerns from people taking Namenda (Memantine)

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