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Memantine (Nameda) Side effects
Yes. My father was on Memantine ~2 yrs before I discontinued it. When he started with the aggression, I decided it was no longer effective. It probably made him more anxious and confused. Actually, I noticed him more confused when he was started on Memantine, but I think he adjusted a bit with his usual routine. However, as the disease progressed, I felt he should no longer be on it. Anti-depressants did not help either.
At that time, he needed an antipsychotic. The neurologist referred him to a geriatric psychiatrist at that point. She was godsent.
My mom was on both Aricept and Namenda. She was fortunate not to really have side effects from either one. I don't think the Aricept helped at all, but I think I did see some benefit when she started the Namenda. All the effects are short term, however. My mom is now Stage 7 and on hospice. We are discontinuing both the Aricept and the Namenda. Prior to being started on the Namenda she had to be placed in geri-psych twice for violence, and so is also on some anti-psychotics. We are continuing those.
One of the most frustrating things about this disease is that with the few medicines out there specifically for it, there's really no way to tell if they are beneficial at all and if they are for how long they are. It really is trial and error. I know the brain is very complicated, but I don't understand shy science knows so very little about this disease.
I've been having thoughts about talking to her doctor about the Namenda as well. My sister is on a low dose of it and it really messes with her digestive system. I know it's miserable for her. I can't say I've seen any benefits from the Namenda myself, but my sister says she feels "more clear". Soooo, time for a discussion, I think.
The Aricept is mostly benign....I probably am seeing some benefits there, but not a lot.