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Sleep Problems

People with Alzheimer's may feel sleepy during the day but have trouble sleeping through the night. Here's how you can help improve your loved one's ability to rest:

Stick to a schedule. Keep them on a regular schedule for bedtime, waking up, and meals.

No naps. Discourage napping during the day. Save sleeping for nighttime.

Get outside. Spend time outdoors, especially in bright sunlight early in the day. This can promote better sleep at night.

Avoid "sleep wreckers." Urge your loved one to stop using caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco.

Check medications. Ask their doctor or pharmacist if any of their medicines could affect sleep.

Wandering

Someone with Alzheimer's may feel a strong need to go elsewhere. However, if your loved one leaves home alone, they could be in danger. To prevent wandering:

  • Make doors difficult to open. You may need to place locks higher on doors.
  • Put alarms on doors so they sound an alert when they're opened.
  • Keep car keys hidden.

In case your loved one does wander away, be sure they wear an ID bracelet to make it easier for them to get help finding their way home.

For Moderate to Severe Alzheimer’s Disease

There is no evidence that NAMENDA XR prevents or slows the underlying disease process in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

IMPORTANT RISK INFORMATION

Who should NOT take NAMENDA XR?
NAMENDA XR® (memantine hydrochloride) should not be taken by anyone who is allergic (hypersensitive) to memantine, the active substance in NAMENDA XR, or who has had a bad reaction to NAMENDA XR or any of its ingredients.

What should be discussed with the healthcare provider before taking NAMENDA XR?
Before starting NAMENDA XR, talk to the healthcare provider about all of the patient's past and present medical conditions, including:

  • Seizure disorders
  • Difficulty passing urine
  • Liver or kidney problems

If the patient is taking other medications (including those without a prescription), ask the healthcare provider if NAMENDA XR is right for the patient.

  • Certain medications, changes in diet, or medical conditions may affect the amount of NAMENDA XR in the body and possibly increase side effects.

What are the possible side effects of NAMENDA XR?
The most common side effects associated with NAMENDA XR treatment are headache, diarrhea, and dizziness. This is not a complete list of side effects.

Please see full Prescribing Information, including Patient Information.

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