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Memantine

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Memantine Hydrochloride Ebixa Adult

Memantine - What is it for

​Memantine is commonly used for dementia in Alzheimer's disease. It can help to slow down the progression of memory loss and stabilize memory function for a period of time. However, it does not reverse the disease nor provide a cure for dementia. 

 It may be given to you for other reasons. Do check with your doctor what you are taking this for.

Memantine - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Memantine cause?

Potential side effects

All medicines may cause side effects. However, many people do not experience them.

Most of the side effects listed here will improve with time. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist if they persist, become bothersome or worsen.

Side effectsWhat to do about it
Constipation

Increase your intake of fluids and include more fibre (vegetables and fruits) in your diet. Incorporate some exercise in your daily routine.

Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you require any laxatives.

HeadacheConsult your doctor or pharmacist if you need any painkillers
DizzinessGet up slowly from a lying or sitting position

 Serious side effects

Seek medical help as soon as possible if you have any of the following signs or symptoms:

  • Allergy such as rashes, swelling of lips/face/throat, difficulty breathing.

Take note that the side effects listed here are not exhaustive. Do seek medical attention if you have other symptoms that you think may be related to this medicine.

Before taking Memantine, what precautions must I follow?

​What do I need to tell my doctor before I take this medicine?

  • Drug allergies.
  • Pre-existing medical conditions such as fits (seizures) and kidney problems.
  • Whether you are taking any other medicines, supplements or traditional medicines. Some of them may affect how this medicine works.

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Memantine?

​This medicine may interact with a number of medicines. Inform your doctor if you are taking other medicines or supplements.

Memantine - Dosage and How to Use

How should Memantine be used?

​Take this medicine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the instructions on the medicine label or as advised by the pharmacist.

Memantine can be taken with or without food.

This medicine may not have an effect immediately. It may take a few weeks before this medicine can exert its full effect. Continue taking it regularly to benefit from it, even if you feel well.

Check with your doctor on the duration of treatment that is suitable for you.

Do not stop taking this medicine abruptly or change the dose without consulting your doctor.

Avoid taking alcohol while you are on this medicine.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next one at your usual timing.

Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

If you have missed your dose for a few days, consult your doctor before starting back on it again. You might need to restart at a lower dose.

What should I do if I overdose?

​If you take more of this medicine then prescribed by your doctor please consult your doctor immediately.

Memantine - Handling

How should I handle Memantine safely?

Memantine - Storage

How should I store Memantine?

Keep away from children;#Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight;#Store at room temperature;#

How should I dispose of Memantine safely?

​Throw away any unused or expired medicines. Inform your medical professional with respect to how to safely dispose of any excess medicines/expired medicines.

Memantine - Additional Information

​What are the things I need to know or look out for while on this medicine?

  • Avoid driving or any other activities that requires concentration until you see how this drug affects you.
  • Inform your other healthcare professionals that you are on this medicine as well.
  • Discuss with your doctor or pharmacist before you take any other medicines or natural products.
  • Discuss with your doctor if you intend to make drastic changes to your diet.
  • Do not share your medicines with others.
  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about your medicine.

 

  • Updated on Thursday, March 14, 2019
  • Article contributed by Pharmacy Changi General Hospital

    The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth

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