MEMANTINE reduces the actions of chemicals in the brain that may contribute to the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.
Memantine is used to treat moderate to severe dementia of the Alzheimer's type.
Do not use Memantine if you are allergic to memantine.
Before using Memantine, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:
FDA pregnancy category B. Memantine is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether Memantine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use Memantine without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Take Memantine exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results from Memantine.
Take this medicine with a full glass of water.
Memantine can be taken with or without food.
Do not mix the oral solution with any other liquids.
Rinse the empty oral syringe with clean water and allow it to air dry after every use.
Memantine XR capsules can be taken intact or may be opened, sprinkled on applesauce, and then swallowed. The entire contents of each Memantine XR capsule should be consumed.
Except when opened and sprinkled on applesauce, as described above, Memantine XR should be swallowed whole. Memantine XR capsules should not be divided, chewed, or crushed.
It is important to use Memantine regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.
To be sure this medication is helping your condition, and is not causing harmful effects, doctor will need to check your progress on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.
Store Memantine at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the liquid medicine bottle tightly closed with the cap provided. Do not store the bottle with the oral syringe in it.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at your next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Before taking Memantine, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with Memantine. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.
Memantine can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop using Memantine and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
Less serious side effects may include:
Store Memantine at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.