Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
194 Doctors are Online

Should patient of dementia be taken off Namenda due to side effects?

My mom is 87 has moderate dementia and has been given 5mg of Namenda twice daily. Now they have increased to 20mg. She has is now experiencing the following since increase: itching, stupor, vomiting, confusion,x back pain seeing, hearing things that are not there, anxiety, indigestion.....her quality of life has gone down hill within a week of taking increased dosage. I am thinking of taking her off this med because she is not the same Mom. Is it worth sticking it out or giving her some peace as she knows it?
Asked On : Sun, 9 Feb 2014
Answers:  1 Views:  85
Report Abuse
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
,   ,   ,  
Psychiatrist 's  Response
Greetings !

Well if a drug is causing more dis-benefits than the benefits it is expected to deliver then you shall bring the drug off and the same strategy is applied to Namenda ( memantine hcl) ad anyways namenda is an add on assisting drug for dementia while Aricept ( generic name -- donepezil ) is the chief drug that is used in dementia cases, so you may use that instead and bring her off memantine aka namenda

I hope this helps.

Answered: Mon, 10 Feb 2014
I find this answer helpful
Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]


Loading Online Doctors....
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor