Admenta 5 mg (Memantine)
Admenta 5 mg (Memantine) is used in adult patients to treat moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease (disorder that causes mental confusion and forgetfulness).
How it works
Admenta 5 belongs to the group of medicines called psychoanaleptics. It acts by modulating the effects of increased levels of chemical substance in the brain called glutamate, and thus decreasing abnormal activity in the brain.
What is Memantine?
Memantine is an Alzheimer’s Disease medication that reduces the actions of chemicals in the brain that may acts as factors in bringing about the symptoms of this disease. Memantine is prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe dementia of the Alzheimer’s type. memantine is sold under various trade names, some of which are Namenda and Admenta (Sun Pharma). This medication may also be given for conditions not mentioned here.
Important Information about Memantine
Do not take Admenta 5 (Namenda, Admenta) if you are allergic to it. Notify your doctor in advance if you are allergic to any other drugs or if you have any of the following conditions: epilepsy or seizure disorders, cataract, liver or kidney disease, or a bladder or kidney infection. Having any of these conditions may require dose adjustments from the normal dosage of this medication.
Memantine can impact your thinking and reflexes. Be extra careful when you drive or do activities which require a high degree of mental awareness. Memantine is an FDA pregnancy category B drug. It is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby when taken during pregnancy. It is not known whether Memantine can pass into breast milk and harm a nursing baby. You must notify your doctor beforehand if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breast feeding.
How should I take Admenta 5 ?
Take Memantine (Namenda, Admenta) exactly as prescribed by your doctor. All medications come with a patient leaflet with complete instructions and details. Refer it for any doubts. Do not alter the course of the medication in any way (do not take more or less than the prescribed dosage). Also do not take it after the period for which the medication was prescribed is over.
You may take Admenta 5 with or without food. Take it with a full glass of water. Always store Memantine medication in a cool and dry place.
What are the doses instructions?
Do not miss a single dose of Admenta 5. However, if you miss a dose, take it as soon as your remember it. Do not take the missed dose if the time to take the next dose is almost up. Instead continue with the original schedule. Never take multiple doses closer to each other.
In case of an overdose of Memantine, get emergency medical attention or call the Doctor immediately. Overdose may cause restlessness, drowsiness, unusual behavior, hallucinations, light headedness, or fainting.
Memantine Side Effects
Some common and less serious side effects of Admenta 5 are dizziness, hallucinations, confusion, loss of coordination, seizures, fainting, joint pain, anxiety, swelling in hands or feet, constipation, and headache. If any of these side effects continue for a long time and deteriorate, seek medical attention right away.
Memantine rarely causes any serious side effects but if you experience them, stop using the medication and get emergency medical attention. The side effects mentioned thus are not all the possible ones, there may be others.
Interaction with other drugs
Some drugs can interact with Admenta 5. Let your doctor know in advance if you are using any of these medications already: cimetidine, nicotine, ranitidine, quinidine, sodium bicarbonate, anti viral drugs such as rimantadine or amantadine, cold or cough medicines that contain dextromethorphan, a diuretic which such as hydrochlorothiazide or triamterene, drugs to treat glaucoma such as acetazolamide or dichlorphenamide, or oral diabetes medications that contain metformin. These drugs are not all the possible ones which can interact with Memantine. There may be others. Let your doctor know about all other drugs which you may be using. Never start a new medication without proper medical screening and advice.
Frequently asked questions
Q. Is memantine available in the US/Canada?
Yes, memantine is available in the US/Canada.
Q. Is memantine a cholinesterase inhibitor/antipsychotic drug/anticholinergic?
Memantine belongs to the group of medicines called psychoanaleptics. It is not a cholinesterase inhibitor/antipsychotic drug/anticholinergic.
Q. Is memantine a controlled substance?
No, memantine is not a controlled substance.
Q. Does memantine increase acetylcholine?
No, it does not increase acetylcholine.
Q. Does memantine cause drowsiness/make you sleepy?
Yes, memantine cause drowsiness or sleepiness. Always consult your doctor if the symptoms are severe.
Q. Does memantine come in liquid form?
Yes, memantine is available in liquid form as oral solution.
Q. Does memantine increase dopamine?
Concurrent use of Admenta 5 and dopamine may increase the dopamine level in the blood. Always consult your doctor for the change of dose regimen or an alternative drug of choice that may strictly be required.
Q. Does memantine help vascular dementia?
Memantine may help in vascular dementia. Patient should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use.
Q. How does memantine work in the body?
Admenta 5 works by modulating the effects of increased levels of chemical substance in the brain called glutamate, and thus decreasing abnormal activity in the brain.
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