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Namenda is also known generically as Memantine and can be prescribed to treat the dementia related to Alzheimer's disease. Memantine does not act as a cure for Alzheimer's disease but it can help increase memory and awareness.
Before taking your prescribed medication read all the instructions that was provided by your pharmacist. Take Namenda orally as instructed by your doctor. This medication can be taken with or without food. Make sure you take Namenda at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of medication in your system. For optimal results take this medication on a regular basis. Do not change or increase your dose unless instructed to by your doctor. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well.
This medication may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Namenda. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions relating to kidney problems, urinary tract infections, and recent dietary changes. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation to avoid interactions with Namenda.
While taking Namenda you may feel dizzy. Avoid driving a vehicle or operating heavy machinery until you feel it is safe. Alcohol and Cannabis can exasperate these side effects. Additionally you can speak with your doctor about acceptable limits for these substances while taking Namenda.
Side effects for Namenda are: 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, or urinating more than usual.
If any side effects become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing any side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.
Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
A: A relapse in symptoms may occur depending on the severity of the condition, and you may experience side effects. You should speak to your doctor before you stop taking this medication.
Q: What is the best dosage to take for Namenda?
A: In some cases your doctor may have you start out on a low dose to prevent side effects. The doctor will then instruct you to gradually increase the dose until you reach the optimal treatment dose.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the missed dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping.
Q: What is the best way to store this medication?
A: This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets.
Q: How do I dispose of this medication?
A: Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. Some medication can be thrown away in dry waste, and some require a little preparation for disposal. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist to safely dispose any unwanted or experienced medication.
Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. It is uncertain if Namenda can be transmitted to the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.
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