3 patient evaluations for Memantine with a side effects rating of Mild

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Dec 12, 2010 (Started Nov 23, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for trying to get scrip - delay progression)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for slow deterioration)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: increased mental alertness, less fatigue than normal, slight decline in fvc [2%]. initial effects similar to too much caffeine but only lasts 48hrs. currently on 10mg in am, 20mg in pm with no effect on sleeping on cpap - actually, sleeping better. dietary change around the same time to increase protein intake via drink supplements and eating more. much less fatigue but still in a chair most of the time. can still just get up and walk flat and level with a stick a little way - surprised because last week i thought it was all over for walking. fascics still there but not so noticeable.
Cost: $100-199 monthly

Nov 24, 2010 (Started Nov 23, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for trying to get scrip - delay progression)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for slow deterioration)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: non pbs script is $103 per 28 tabs of 20mg. will take 10mg for 1 week and 20mg thereafter. local gp has offered to document condition changes for the record. will do bloods early dec 2010 as a baseline. this is the start evaluation, and will continue regularly - each week at least.
Cost: $100-199 monthly

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Dec 11, 2010 (Started May 06, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily

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May 11, 2010 (Started Dec 07, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for amphetamine tolerance)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for obsessive-compulsive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 15 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Mar 26, 2010 (Started Dec 07, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for amphetamine tolerance)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for obsessive-compulsive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: --titrate dose up slowly, starting at 5mg for 3-15 days before going up to 10mg. Acute side effects, such as "brain fog", confusion, memory loss, body aches, ect....are at their worst for the first 2-4 days after starting new/raising dose. Apparently, most people report the side effects to become unbothersome at 1-2 weeks, and after 4 weeks, side effects such as memory loss/brain fog/confusion are completely gone. After 2-4 weeks, an improvement (as opposed to a decrease) in attention, cognition, and memory abilities is commonly noticed --- hence, Memantine's clinical benefit in Alzheimer's disease patients. Memantine is not an "Alzheimers Disease Medication/Drug". It is a mixed (non-selective) NMDA, 5-HT3, and Nicotinic Acetylcholine receptor antagonist. These three mechanisms significantly modulate attention, memory, cognition, and many other aspects of mental function....the use of Memantine in Alzheimers disease is merely due to the discovery that chronic Memantine improves memory in such patients. Other uses of Memantine include: preventing Amphetamine/Opiate tolerance, OCD/Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, ADD/ADHD, and others.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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