What is Memantine?

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Memantine is the first in a novel class of Alzheimer's disease medications acting on the glutamatergic system. It is also being tested for use as a cognitive enhancer in a variety of other conditions.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Cognitive impairment 33 13
Memory problems 22 11
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 21 4
Brain fog 11 6
Migraine headaches 8 4
Fibromyalgia 5 4

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 4
Moderate 7
Mild 9
None 40

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Memantine

Side effect Patients
Ataxia (lack of coordination) 1
Brain fog 1
Constipation 1
Decreased appetite 1
Difficulty urinating (dysuria) 1
Dizziness 1

Show all 17 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Memantine

Dosage Patients
10 mg twice daily 8
20 mg daily 8
10 mg daily 3
28 mg daily 2
1 capsule(s) twice daily 1
2.5 mg daily 1
7 mg daily 1
5 mg twice daily 1
20 mg twice daily 1
50 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Memantine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 18
Side effects too severe 9
Doctor's advice 8
Expense 5
Other 3
Change in health plan coverage 2
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently taking Memantine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 3

Stopped taking Memantine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 9
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 53
Usually 4
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 9
Not at all hard to take 45
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 4
$50-99 12
$25-49 22
< $25 4
Not specified 17

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Memantine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Levetiracetam (Keppra) 1
Memantine (Namenda) 1
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 1

Patients stopped taking Memantine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Candesartan (Atacand) 1
Memantine (Namenda) 1
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7 patient evaluations for Memantine

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naomiah
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naomiah
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Moderate
53 F
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: g
I have:
Bipolar I

See naomiah's full Memantine history

May 1, 2013 (Started Jan 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Migraine)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Difficulty urinating (dysuria), Decreased appetite, Extreme sedation, Ataxia (lack of coordination))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I had such a bad experience, but I think I am an outlier, so I don't know whether or not to recommend this med. It really sucked for me.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Feb 16, 2013 (Started Jan 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Migraine)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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toomanyrabbits
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toomanyrabbits
Sex: M
Data Quality: 0 stars
Bulbar: none
Arms: moderate
Chest: moderate
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
ALS

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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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Adriana Nato
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Adriana Nato
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Bulbar: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
ALS

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Dec 11, 2010 (Started May 06, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for ALS (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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