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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.

Discussing NAMENDA XR® with Your Loved One's Doctor

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Your Loved One, Your Doctor, and You — A Healthy Partnership


A Healthy Discussion Starts with Being Prepared

Whether your loved one was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease a few days ago or a few years ago, working with your doctor is an important part of successfully managing their treatment. Doctors who treat people with Alzheimer's disease rely on consistent, open communication with caregivers to help them get the best idea of how patients are doing on a daily basis.

The more information you can gather before visits, the better prepared you will be to help the doctor provide the best care for your loved one. That's why it's important to have any questions or discussion points prepared ahead of your visit.

Here are a few tools to help you have a better dialogue with your loved one's doctor during your next appointment.

A Guide to Take to Your Loved One's Next Appointment

Print and fill out this Discussion Guide before your next doctor's appointment to assist you in talking about treatment with NAMENDA XR (memantine hydrochloride) . It will help you remember any questions, concerns, or issues that you might have about treatment with NAMENDA XR, including combination therapy, most common side effects, and possible effects when taken with other medications.

Download and Print Doctor Discussion Guide

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Important Risk Information

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 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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Important Risk Information

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 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.

Be Prepared for the Next Doctor Visit