Users' questions

How are the drugs Namenda and Aricept used?

How are the drugs Namenda and Aricept used?

Donepezil (Aricept) and memantine (Namenda) are FDA-approved for the treatment of Alzheimer’s dementia. Aricept works by increasing a chemical in the brain called acetylcholine that is important for memory and learning. Namenda blocks a chemical in the brain called glutamate.

What is Namenda and what are the side effects?

Namenda (memantine) reduces the actions of chemicals in the brain that may contribute to the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

Which is better for Alzheimer’s Aricept or donepezil?

Answer: Donepezil (Aricept) and memantine (Namenda) are FDA-approved for the treatment of Alzheimer’s dementia. Aricept works by increasing a chemical in the brain called acetylcholine that is important for memory and learning. Namenda blocks a chemical in the brain called glutamate.

How much Namenda should I take per day?

Depending on which drug they are taking, patients are usually prescribed between 3mg-20mg each day. The cost of a generic version of Namenda (20mg/day) is typically a little more than of the generic version of Aricept (10mg/day), and seems to be less effective for most patients.

What are the side effects of Aricept in combination with Namenda?

Pictures of Namenda (Memantine HCL), drug imprint information, side effects for the patient. Namenda (also known as Namenda IR) has been used in combination with the drug Aricept (donepezil HCl), a Eisai / Pfizer product that treats mild, moderate and severe Alzheimer’s disease.

What’s the difference between Aricept and memantine?

Aricept (donepezil hydrochloride) and Namenda (memantine hydrochloride) are used to reduce symptoms of mild to moderate dementia like that found in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Aricept and Namenda belong to different drug classes.

When to take Namenda XR and donepezil HCl?

NAMENDA® (memantine HCI) and namenda xr® (memantine hydrochloride) extended release are approved for moderate to severe Alzheimer’s NAMZARIC offers combination therapy (NAMENDA XR and donepezil HCl) in a single, once-a-day capsule. *Aricept® is a trademark used by Eisai Inc…

How long can Alzheimer’s patients benefit from taking Aricept?

My 97-year old mother has been taking Aricept (10 mg. once daily) and original Namenda (10 mg. twice daily) in generic form for about eight years. She is now in the advanced stage of Alzheimer’s Disease.