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Learn more about NAMENDA

What is NAMENDA?

What is NAMENDA?

NAMENDA is the brand name for memantine and is available as an oral tablet and solution.

What dosages is NAMENDA available in?

What dosages is NAMENDA available in?

NAMENDA is available as a 5 mg and 10 mg oral tablet and a 2 mg/ml oral solution.

What is NAMENDA used for?

What is NAMENDA used for?

NAMENDA is a NMDA antagonist and is used to treat moderate-to-severe dementia related to Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

How does NAMENDA work?

How does NAMENDA work?

NAMENDA is an NMDA (N-methyl-D-aspartate) antagonist. It works by lowering the activity of certain chemical messengers in your brain that are overly active in people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In doing so, it prevents these chemical messengers from causing further nerve damage in the brain. As a result, NAMENDA slows the worsening of memory loss linked to AD.

How do I take NAMENDA?

How do I take NAMENDA?

NAMENDA is typically started at a dose of 5 mg by mouth once a day. Your provider will slowly raise your dose every week until you reach the recommended maintenance dose of 10 mg twice a day.

Is it safe for me to take NAMENDA?

Is it safe for me to take NAMENDA?

NAMENDA is a safe and effective treatment when used for FDA licensed indications. However, like all medications, they may give you unwanted side effects. You should always discuss potential side effects with your physician to ensure the medication is suitable and right for you. You should not use this medication if you have a known hypersensitivity to memantine hydrochloride or to any excipients used in the formulation.

NAMENDA Common Side Effects

NAMENDA Common Side Effects

Common side effects of NAMENDA:

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
NAMENDA Serious Side Effects

NAMENDA Serious Side Effects

Serious side effects are rare with NAMENDA.

Effects of other drugs, drug classes and over-the-counter products on NAMENDA

Effects of other drugs, drug classes and over-the-counter products on NAMENDA

The following medications may interact with NAMENDA:

  • Drugs that make the urine alkaline: Alterations of urine pH towards the alkaline condition may lead to an accumulation of the drug with a possible increase in adverse effects. Urine pH is altered by diet, drugs (e.g. carbonic anhydrase inhibitors, sodium bicarbonate) and clinical state of the patient (e.g. renal tubular acidosis or severe infections of the urinary tract)
Who makes NAMENDA?

Who makes NAMENDA?

Forest Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Is NAMENDA safe in pregnancy?

Is NAMENDA safe in pregnancy?

There are no adequate and well-controlled studies of memantine in pregnant women. NAMENDA should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.


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