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Namenda is the brand name for generic Memantine and can be prescribed to help with dementia in patients who have Alzhiemer's disease. Memantine blocks certain chemicals in the brain to help improve awareness and memory allowing the patient to function better.
Take Namenda orally with or without food once a day. Your dosage can vary depending on your initial diagnosis and your response to the treatment. Follow the doctors instruction on dose strength and schedule while being treated with Namenda. It is important to use this medication regularly to get best results. Taking the medication at the same time each day will help create a routine and make it less likely to miss a dose.
Before taking Namenda speak with your doctor regarding known allergies as there are ingredients that induce an allergic reaction. Speak with your doctor about prior medical conditions relating to kidney problems, urinary tract infections or changes in diet. Disclose any medications and supplements to ensure there are no interactions while taking Namenda.
You may feel dizzy, drowsy or have blurred vision. Do not operate heavy machinery or drive a vehicle until you know it is safe to do so. Avoid alcohol and cannabis as they can exasperate the dizzying effects. Speak with your doctor about the acceptable limits of these substances.
Some side can include:
tiredness, body aches, joint pain, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, loss of appetite, weight loss, headache, swelling in your hands or feet, fast heart rate, easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness, anxiety, aggression, skin rash, redness or swelling of or around your eyes ,urinating more than usual
Speak with your doctor if any side effects become severe during your treatment with Namenda. Your doctor or pharmacist can assist you in managing these side effects.
Q: How should I store Namenda?
A: This should be stored at room temperature away from children and pets. Never dispose this medication in wastewater. If you are unsure of how to safely dispose unwanted or expired medications speak with your local pharmacist for disposal options.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If your missed does is close to your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and take the scheduled dose to avoid double dosing.
Q: Can I take this while pregnant or breast feeding?
A: You should consult your doctor to discuss the risk involved before using Namenda while pregnant. There is not enough medical data to know if the medication can pass into the breast milk of the nursing mother. It is recommended to consult with your doctor before using this medication while breast feeding.
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