Namenda (generic name: memantine; brand names include: Admenta / Mentadem / Axura / Akatinol / Ebixa / Abixa / Memox) belongs to a group of medicines called N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonists.
Namenda is used to treat moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease.
Benefits of Namenda include:
Used to treat more than 2 million people worldwide
Proven benefits in thinking, activities of daily living and behavior
Easy to start, easy to take
Low rate of side effects and a low risk of drug interactions
Low rate of gastrointestinal side effects, including diarrhea, nausea and vomiting
Unique mechanism of action for treating Alzheimer's disease
May improve quality of life for people with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. Take Namenda exactly as directed.
The standard dose for this medicine is 20 mg per day.
Your doctor will decide what dose you will receive. This depends on your condition and other factors, such as your weight and your response to the medicine.
Your doctor will start you on smaller doses which will be gradually increased for three weeks until the dose is reached where Namenda works best for you.
Week 1 (5 mg per day)
Take half a tablet or 10 drops once a day.
Week 2 (10 mg per day)
Take half a tablet or 10 drops twice a day.
Week 3 (15 mg per day)
Take one tablet or 20 drops in the morning and half a tablet or 10 drops in the evening.
From week 4 onwards (20 mg per day)
Take one tablet or 20 drops in the morning and one tablet or 20 drops in the evening.
Your doctor may have prescribed a different dose.
Tell your doctor before taking Namenda, if:
you are allergic to any medicines;
you have a seizure disorder or any history of seizures (fits or epilepsy);
you have kidney problems;
you are lactose intolerant.
Active ingredient: memantine hydrochloride.