Namenda

(memantine)

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Slows progression of Alzheimer's disease.

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Our bottom line

Namenda (memantine) can slow the progression of symptoms in moderate and severe Alzheimer's disease, but cannot cure it.

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

Upsides

  • Available in different formulations for easy administration.
  • Available in a cheap, generic version.
  • Compared to alternatives that treat Alzheimer's disease, Namenda (memantine) has less side-effects.
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Downsides

  • Namenda (memantine) doesn't stop or reverse the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.
  • Doesn't work as well in early stages of Alzheimer's.
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How it works

Namenda (memantine) is an NMDA receptor blocker, which works on your brain to prevent overstimulation and cell death.

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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What to expect when you take Namenda (memantine) for Alzheimer's disease

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  • Possible side effects
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Constipation
  • Coughing
  • High blood pressure
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Side effect rates for Namenda (memantine)

From 1862 clinical trials of Namenda when taken for alzheimer's disease
  • Dizziness
    7%7%
    5%5%
  • Headache
    6%6%
    3%3%
  • Confusion
    6%6%
    5%5%
  • Constipation
    5%5%
    3%3%
  • High blood pressure
    4%4%
    2%2%
  • Coughing
    4%4%
    3%3%
  • Pain
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Vomiting
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Back pain
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Sleepiness
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Hallucination
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Fatigue
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Difficulty breathing
    2%2%
    1%1%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Namenda.

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People taking Namenda felt side effect more

People taking Namenda felt side effect less

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Risks and Warnings for Namenda (memantine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Taking certain medicines
    • Kidney problems
    • Those with severe urinary tract infections

    Certain medications, health conditions, and the types of food you eat can raise the levels of Namenda (memantine) in the body and your risk of experiencing more side effects. Talk to your doctor to make sure it is safe for you to take Namenda (memantine).

Common concerns from people taking Namenda (memantine)

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Food
  • You can take Namenda (memantine) with or without food.