Memantine HCl is available as Namenda which is a brand name drug. It is also available in other generic forms. Generic drugs cost less than those with a brand name. Memantine drug is purely prescription based you can also buy Memantine online. NMDA (N methyl D aspartate) receptor antagonists are a class of anesthetics and memantine belongs to this class of drugs. It is used to treat dementia caused due to Alzheimer's disease.
Alzheimer's is a progressively and eventual a fatal form of dementia. It accounts for 60 to 80% of dementia cases. Alzheimer's disease affects an estimated 5.4 million American’s 2,00,000 of whom are below the age of 65 years. Dementia affects memory, thinking, language, judgment, and behavior. Memantine helps to reduce the symptoms associated with dementia but does not help to reduce or slow down the progression of Alzheimer's disease
Dosage of Memantine HCl
The recommended dosage of Memantine HCl at the start is 5mg and is increased by 5mg at an interval of 1 week up to 20mg. The maximum dosage is 20mg per day. If a single dose is missed by the patient the next dose should not be doubled. Do not mix this oral solution with any other liquid. It is administered with a dosing device which comes with the drug. It consists of a syringe, syringe adaptor cup, and tubing. The syringe is used to withdraw the correct amount of solution the solution is then splattered at the corner of the mouth
Kidney and liver problems- if you have or develop any kidney or liver problems the dosage of this medicine has to be reduced as higher doses may cause more of the medicine to stay in your body which can lead to severe side effects
Allergic reactions- if you develop any allergic reactions such as redness or itching you must consult your doctor
Pregnancy- if you are pregnant or planning to conceive you must consult and talk to your doctor before taking this medicine
Breastfeeding- as per studies it isn’t known if the drug passes through breast milk. If it does it can cause severe side effects, hence it is always advised to consult the doctor for the same
For children- this medicine is not recommended for children less than 18 years of age
For seniors- in older patients this drug processes slowly hence lower doses are usually advised in older patients
Take Memantine as directed
Memantine is a long term drug.
If you don’t take the drug at all or stop the medication: there will be no change in your symptoms it may only worsen it
If you don’t take the medication on time or skip doses: the medication may not work as it should or will stop working. A specific amount of medicine is required in the body for the medication to work as needed
If you take too much of this medication: it may lead to severe side effects and can deteriorate your health significantly