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I Have Alzheimer’s or Another Dementia
Namenda XR 28 mg
I think that was me reporting that the patent was running out..
Hi there! You had just answered a question that has been on my mind.
At my mom's last neurologist visit, the doctor had changed her Namenda prescription to the XR also.
I was stupid not to ask why the change. And ever since, have been kicking myself for not asking. And been telling my husband that at her next appointment, that I will surely ask him.
One thing I have noticed, is that, there is a very noticeable change in my mother!!!! For the better. She is more with it. Actually, initiating conversation with us and her imaginary friends. But, the fact that she is being vocal and has more of an awareness of her surroundings, and has a tremendous amount of memory that has came back to her just amazes me!!!!!!!
I am still going to bring this up with the doctor and let him know that this change in her prescription has been very benificial!!!
I have taken Namenda 28mg. xr since oct. 2013. I have had no problems. I also take Exelon 9.5 patch. Went to my neurologist yesterday for 6 month testing. I was told I did better than in the past test. Guess I passed.
XR enables the manufacturer to keep the price of the medicine high. After a number of years they lose the exclusivity with a drug at a certain dosage (10mg) and it can then be produced generically at greatly reduced price. However, if they change the dose the clock starts again and they get 4-5 more years of high profit. I was told (by neurologist) that the 10mg dose is being phased out and will be unavailable in future. Thus manufacturer is ensured additional profit for that period of time.
All they care about is the money the last thing they would want would be a cure.
I was told (by neurologist) that the 10mg dose is being phased out and will be unavailable in future.
The 23 is a slow release. Thus it is continually working. This may account for the improvement seen by some.
Someone said they had problems because they were sleepy. Can it be taken at night?
The rumors appear to be true. This is what I got from the Namenda website;
Forest has an important update regarding NAMENDA®(memantine HCl). Forest plans to discontinue the sale of NAMENDA 5 mg and 10 mg tablets on August 15, 2014. This action is not due to any safety or efficacy issue related to NAMENDA tablets. The oral solution of NAMENDA will continue to be available, along with NAMENDA XR® (memantine HCl) extended-release capsules.
There are also two PDF letters to providers and caregivers regarding the changeover to Namenda XR.Iris L.
Great information. Thanks for all the posts and links to websites. At least I now know what to do and ask for at my next clinical visit.
God Bless, Paul
My DH's neurologist changed him to the XR28 in the Sept. Oct time frame. It's one less pill, yea. DH commented he felt better longer when switched. He has experienced no side effects what so ever.
I guess I'll let my wife's new Dr. be the guide when we have her first appointment in July. She is late stage 6 so I'm wondering if a discontinuance of Namenda, and maybe even the Aricept would cause any decline. Always a guessing game.
Remember, we're all in the same boat; and the darn thing leaks!
My Md just changes me to Namenda xr 28 from the 20 mg pills (10 mg twice a day) I take it at night because it makes me tired. I don't want weight gain and it says that is a possible side affect. has anyone had any side affects>
he also increased my patch to 13 from 9 .
Since the patent on Namenda 10 mg is running out, a generic version should be available in about 6 months, sometime after Jan 1, 2015.
I believe that they are getting people on the new, higher dose XR so people will continue to request that. It remains to be seen if Rx insurance will cover the 28 mg XR or will push for use of the generic when it comes out. If nothing else, they may not pay for the 28 mg XR for new patients after 1/1/15. Just my best guess. Did the 23 mg Aricept ever catch on?
For a couple years now, as we have Kaiser, the price was real high. We started to buy online through a Canadian Pharmacy called "Big Mountain Drugs"
Real east to buy through. Look them up online and its very easy to see prices and compare costs. We have been buying the generic "Admenta 10mg 400 pills for a bit over $100
Hi to all,
It's ALL about the MONEY!!!
I have been taking 10mg Namenda twice a day for years. This works for me.
I don't want to change anything. My neurologist offered me XR but I refused.
I still feel fine.
The generic should be available when the supply of brand stops.
Peace and Hope,
Apparently, the earliest that generic Namenda could be available is April, 2015. But the brand name Nameda will be discontinued in August, 2014. There will be a long gap in availability. This is not good at all!
It's nice to see you again, Lisa!Iris L.
My neuro wanted me to try Namenda XR . He gave me the 7 mg for one week then I went to 14 mg, the Namenda made me extremely lethargic, all I wanted to do is lay on the couch, so I quit it altogether. The Namenda was to be taken with the Aircept. Wish I could have stayed even on the 7 mg, but couldn't. Wish you well on it!
Myriam, how are you doing on the Namenda XR 28mg? Did the dizziness disappear completely?
I had side effects from Exelon patch in the first few days which later disappeared completely.
My two 10mg tabs will run out in a few days and I will switch to the 28mg prescription. Iris L.