NAMENDA XR® Dosing Information
What If My Loved One Is Already Taking NAMENDA® (memantine hydrochloride) Twice a Day?
If your loved one is currently taking twice-a-day NAMENDA, talk to your healthcare provider about how to switch to once-a-day NAMENDA XR® (memantine hydrochloride). Most patients already taking NAMENDA tablets twice a day can start taking NAMENDA XR capsules (the extended-release form), once a day, the very next day.
What If My Loved One Has Never Taken NAMENDA?
The healthcare provider may prescribe or provide you with the NAMENDA XR Titration Pack. It contains a 4-week supply of color-coded NAMENDA XR capsules (7 mg, 14 mg, 21 mg, and 28 mg) to be sure that your loved one is taking the right dose while getting started.
If your loved one is not currently taking NAMENDA twice a day, it's recommended to start NAMENDA XR according to the following schedule:
Note: Actual size of pills is smaller than shown.
The patient should stay on the same dose for at least 7 days. The dose should be increased only if the previous dose was well tolerated.
For patients with severe renal impairment, 14 mg once a day is the recommended dose.
NAMENDA XR should be taken every day. It can be taken with or without food at any time of the day.
NAMENDA XR capsules should be swallowed whole. They should not be divided, crushed, or chewed.
NAMENDA XR must be taken as prescribed by the healthcare provider.
Please see Important Risk Information below and the full Prescribing Information, including Patient Information.