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Your family and friends can be a big source of help if you find that taking care of your loved one is more than you can handle on your own. Get together with them as a group and talk about how to share the work. Bring this list with you to help figure out who does what.

Things to Do Time Required Who Can Help?/How Often?
Change bed linen    
Give a bath    
Turn and reposition    
Get to the shower or tub    
Help with bathroom needs    
Dress and groom    
Feed breakfast    
Feed lunch    
Feed dinner    
Prepare meals & snacks    
Provide wound care/exercise/therapy/other nursing care    
Give medications    
Do laundry    
Shop for food or other essentials    
Take to the doctor    
Find information about legal or financial issues    
Write checks/manage finances    
Find information about community resources and support services    
Clean house    
Do yard work    
Keep up maintenance of the car    
Care for other family members    
Take to religious or social events    
Other tasks


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

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Who should NOT take NAMENDA XR?

NAMENDA XR 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, kidney, or bladder 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.

NAMENDA XR® (memantine hydrochloride) extended-release capsules are approved for the treatment of moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease. NAMENDA XR is available by prescription only.

Please see full Prescribing Information, including Patient Information.