Namenda is the brand name for Memantine. It is used to cure the symptoms of confusion that is common in patients of Alzheimer’s disease. It cannot help get rid of the disease but can improve memory and alertness in an individual. Namenda works by inhibiting the action of a substance called glutamate in the brain that is responsible for causing Alzheimer’s along with some other factors.
Like all other medicines, there are certain side effects of taking Namenda too. Not all need medical assistance. They are categorized as major and minor side effects based on their intensities.
Minor Side Effects
These side effects are short-term and do not need consultancy from a medical assistant. However, if they persist for a longer time, call your doctor to let him know about them. These include:
- Complain of weight loss
- Constipation is also reported
- Dizziness is reported
- Experience fast and unusual heart rate
- Experience pain in the body
- Face trouble breathing
- Get swelling in your hands or feet
- Nausea is also felt
- Problems with urine
- Skin rash appears
- Suffer from a loss of appetite
- Suffer from anxiety
- Suffer from diarrhea
- Suffer from joint pain
- You feel tired
- You get aggressive easily
- You get frequent headaches
- Vomiting is common
Major Side Effects
Some side effects that can occur when you take Namenda may need medical attention. Your body requires time to adjust to the new medication, so if you experience any of the following side effects and they bother you or if you have any questions about them, make an appointment with your healthcare professional.
- Get swelling on your face or lips
- Suffer from an allergic response to Namenda
- Suffered from hives
- Have trouble concentrating
How To Take Namenda?
Namenda should be taken as advised by your doctor. Do not increase or decrease the dose by yourself as it can cause adverse effects.
Do not crush or chew the tablet. Swallow it whole. The liquid suspension should be measured accurately with a spoon before using it.
Fix a time for taking Namenda each day. In this way, you are less likely to miss a dose.
How To Store Namenda?
Keep Namenda with other medicines in a tightly closed container. These should be stored in a place away from the reach of children and should not have direct exposure to heat, light, and moisture.
Like all other medicines, you also need to keep the following precautions in mind when using Namenda.
Read the label carefully and tell your doctor of any allergies you have. Also, inform him if you’ve ever had adverse reactions to any medicinal substance.
To make sure Namenda is safe for you, inform your doctor if you have the following health conditions:
- You suffer from epilepsy
- Have or ever had a liver disease
- Suffered from a kidney disease
- Face problems while urinating
- Have or had an infection in the bladder or kidney
Also, tell your doctor:
- If you are pregnant or planning to be while taking Namenda
- If you are breastfeeding a baby