How should I take Memantine?
Memantine aids to relieve the symptoms of dementia in Alzheimer's disease. This medication is to be taken every day, at the same time each day. It can be taken either before or after food. Your doctor will prescribe a lower dose at the beginning of the treatment.
Can I stop taking Memantine?
Your physician will initially prescribe you a low dose of this medication and slowly will increase its dose, but no more than once each week. This medication can only improve the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease but it will not cure it. Never stop taking this medication without consulting your physician.
Does Memantine improve memory?
Yes, it can improve memory, cognizance, and ability to perform daily tasks. It works by blocking the effects of glutamate, a neurotransmitter present inside the brain, which leads to neuronal excitability and excessive stimulation in Alzheimer's disease.
Is Memantine a sedative?
Memantine is prescribed for symptomatic treatment of moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease. It may exert a sedative effect similar to ketamine.
What are the side effects of Memantine?
The common side effects of this medication include dizziness, nausea, body pain, constipation, and vomiting. These are temporary and subside once the drug is eliminated from the body.