What is Namenda and what are the side effects?
Namenda (memantine) reduces the actions of chemicals in the brain that may contribute to the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
What’s the best way to take Namenda capsules?
To make swallowing easier, you may open the extended-release capsule and sprinkle the medicine into a spoonful of applesauce. Swallow right away without chewing. Do not save the mixture for later use. Measure liquid medicine (oral solution) with the dosing syringe provided, or with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup.
Can you take Namenda if you are allergic to memantine?
You should not use Namenda if you are allergic to memantine. To make sure Namenda is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have: a bladder or kidney infection. Namenda is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
How does Namenda affect acetylcholine in the brain?
Those drugs inhibit the enzyme acetylcholinesterase that destroys acetylcholine and thereby increase the effects of acetylcholine. Namenda’s effects are independent of acetylcholine and acetylcholinesterase. Glutamate is the main excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain.
How many mg of memantine is in a Namenda tablet?
Memantine HCl occurs as a fine white to off-white powder and is soluble in water. Namenda is available as tablets or as an oral solution. Namenda is available for oral administration as capsule-shaped, film-coated tablets containing 5 mg and 10 mg of memantine hydrochloride.
Is it safe to take Namenda while pregnant?
Namenda is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known whether memantine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. How should I take Namenda? Take Namenda exactly as it was prescribed for you.
What’s the highest dose of Namenda you can take?
Oral administration of memantine to rabbits (0, 3, 10, or 30 mg/kg/day) during the period of organogenesis resulted in no adverse developmental effects. The highest dose tested is approximately 30 times the MRHD of Namenda on a mg/m2 basis.
Can you take Namenda with or without food?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Namenda can be taken with or without food.