Memantine

Excessive abnormal activity in the brain can cause brain cell death. Memantine works by reducing the abnormal activity in the brain. It is used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and is normally used in people who have moderate to severe levels of Alzheimer’s disease. It works by reducing the abnormal activity in the brain. It will help to slow down the disease from becoming worse, but will not cure the disease.

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What is this medication used for​​ 

Excessive abnormal activity in the brain can cause brain cell death. Memantine works by reducing the abnormal activity in the brain. It is used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and is normally used in people who have moderate to severe levels of Alzheimer’s disease. It works by reducing the abnormal activity in the brain. It will help to slow down the disease from becoming worse, but will not cure the disease.


Dosage and How to Use​​

  • Do not stop taking your medicines without checking with your doctors.
  • If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only the usual dose. Do not double your dose or use extra medicine to make up for the missed dose.
  • Memantine should be taken regularly to be effective.
  • ​Memantine is usually taken once a day. It can be taken with or without food.

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Side Effects, Precautions, Contraindication​​

What are the possible side effects of the medicine?​

The common and less serious side effects of memantine include dizziness, headaches, constipation and tiredness.

If you experience more serious side effects, such as the following, you should stop memantine and see your doctor immediately:

  • Chest tightness, chest pain
  • Increased heart rate or increased blood pressure
  • Sudden numbness or weakness on one side of your body
  • Fits or seizures

How do I know if I am allergic to this medicine?​​

The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:

  • Swollen face/eyes/lips
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medicine immediately and see your doctor.

What precautions should I follow when taking the medicine?​​

Memantine may cause drowsiness and dizziness​. Do not drive or operate machinery if you are affected.

Inform your doctor if you have any of the following medical conditions before starting on Memantine:

  • History of fits
  • Kidney or liver problems
  • Eye problems
  • Heart problems
Do not take other medicines before discussing them with your doctor or pharmacist. 

It is very important that you see your doctor for regular visits. Inform your doctor if your condition has worsened or if you notice any new symptoms.


Handling and Storage​​   

  • Keep your medicines in the original container or packaging, tightly closed or sealed in a cool and dry place, away from direct sunlight.
  • Keep the medicine out of reach of children.
  • Throw away all expired medicines.


This article answers some common questions about this medicine. It does not contain all the available information. It also does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.


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