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Namenda XR
Posted: Friday, July 5, 2013 11:12 AM
Joined: 3/7/2012
Posts: 2791

Has anyone started (or changed) to this medication?  I had just heard of it and when DH saw the neurologist this week he felt we should change to it.  I've not changed him yet - I didn't want any changed over a long weekend if per say DH had some reaction to the medication.


Just wondering, thoughts?  eagle

Iris L.
Posted: Friday, July 5, 2013 11:38 AM
Joined: 12/15/2011
Posts: 18719

Eaglemom, what dosage of Namenda is your DH on now?  Namenda XR contains 28mg of Namenda in an extended release formula. 

My neurologist told me I could take both 10 mg tabs at once in the morning, so I get a total of 20 mg every morning.

Here is a link to a PDF about Namenda XR for your information:  


Here is some information: 



"Switching from NAMENDA Tablets to NAMENDA XR Capsules:

Patients treated with NAMENDA tablets may be switched to NAMENDA XR capsules as follows:

It is recommended that a patient who is on a regimen of 10 mg twice daily of NAMENDA tablets be switched to NAMENDA XR

28 mg once daily capsules the day following the last dose of a 10 mg NAMENDA tablet.

There is no study addressing the

comparative efficacy of these 2 regimens."

Eaglemom, NOTE: Apparently there are no studies showing an advantage of taking 28 mg Namenda XR over 20 mg of regular Namenda. 


Iris L. 












Posted: Friday, July 5, 2013 12:20 PM
Joined: 2/12/2012
Posts: 553

I asked our pharmacist and he saw no difference.. However the pharmaceutical comply will soo becoming out with a generic namenda.  Like they did with the aricept when they came up with a higher dose of aricept... Pauline
Posted: Friday, July 5, 2013 12:28 PM
Joined: 1/14/2013
Posts: 81

I understand there already is a generic for namenda it's called mematine (something like that) I have no idea where to get it maybe Canada.
Posted: Friday, July 5, 2013 9:04 PM
Joined: 12/6/2011
Posts: 3326

Just an FYI: I switched to the higher dosage without experiencing side effects.
Posted: Saturday, July 6, 2013 11:50 AM
Joined: 3/7/2012
Posts: 2791

Right now he is on the 10mg 2x's per day.  On Monday I'm going to go to the one pill.  I doubt he'll have any side effects, as he's not with Namenda.  I was just curious whom all had switched.  eagle


Posted: Saturday, July 6, 2013 12:08 PM
Joined: 12/9/2012
Posts: 12

My DH had gout prior to the dx of EOAD.  He's had 2 bouts with gout in the last 6 months, so dr. said to start him on meds for it.  One is colchicine, and it's $5 per pill here in the U.S.  It used to be generic, but FDA did something and it's no longer available.  I did find it via an online pharmacy in Canada.  While on the site, I saw that they have generic namenda.  Not the XR, but for the other one.  My DH has Part D coverage now, and 6 months of Namenda will wipe out his entire annual coverage.  As I recall, the monthly amount for generic Namenda via the Canadian pharmacy is $40, whereas here in the U.S. for the name brand is $300.  When the time comes to refill his Namenda prescription, if the generic isn't yet available here in the U.S. I'm going to order it from Canada.  

Just my .02.


Iris L.
Posted: Saturday, July 6, 2013 6:29 PM
Joined: 12/15/2011
Posts: 18719

My co-pay for Namenda is $75 per month through a local pharmacy.  If I ordered by mail via my insurance company's pharmacy in another state, it would cost less.  But I'm afraid of problems with service with a mail-order pharmacy to chance switching. 

Iris L
Posted: Sunday, July 7, 2013 10:26 AM
Joined: 11/29/2011
Posts: 514

I take 10 mg Namenda twice daily?  Cant wait until a generic comes out!

Currently I get all my meds from my local pharmacy.  They may cost me more but I know I can get auto refill and not forget about reordering.  My dr. can notify the pharmacy directly for refills.

My concern from what I have read about mail order is that it appears like there is  more action that I need to take.  I have to mail the RX to the mail order and then I have to notify them whan I need a refill.  Im afraid this will get too confusing.  

locally, my RX watches for interactions and is a quick call away.  If anyone has experienced smoother sailing with mail order, please let me know.

I do currently receive my RX for Cerefolic NAC directly from a supplier.  They contact me when I need a refill.  I confirm if I want more sent.  That's easy.  I need to see if other mail order is that easy.