Namenda dosage

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Bella33
Regular Member


Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 478
   Posted 7/12/2012 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
My mother has been taking 20mg Namenda for the past 6 years. She takes 10mg in the morning and 10mg before bed. I can't really say it's helping but when I tried to wean her off of it once she just got worse so I had to continue. Yesterday I decided to give the evening dose in the afternoon to have one less pill for her take in the evening.

The result of that was that she stayed very sleepy and was dragging her leg to walk. However, later in the afternoon she became very aware of what I asked of her and talked quite a bit.

Has anyone experienced this? I thought 20mg in a day can be however you want to take it but it looks like they are too close together and may be an overload for her. But then again I can't explain why she was so with it later on.

Red_34
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 23547
   Posted 7/20/2012 6:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry, I just seen your post (I was away on vacation). I can't really comment because when my Gma was on Namenda, they gave it to her at the assisted living center on a regular schedule. Perhaps you can ask a pharmacist? Or her doctor the next time you see him/her?
SHERRY
Moderator-Allergies/Asthma and Alzheimer's, Co-moderator-UC
Diagnosed Left sided UC in '92 - meds: 6mp, Colazal, Remicade and Bentyl*Unable to tolerate ALL mesalamines*, in '11 diagnosed with IBS, Diverticulosis, Fibromylagia..I also have Sacroiilitis, Scoliosis, Raynauds, OA, PA, Rosacea, Psoriasis, Dry Eye and allergies controlled by Zyrtec and Singular

Bella33
Regular Member


Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 478
   Posted 7/21/2012 7:41 AM (GMT -6)   
That's ok. To be on the safe side my mom is taking it morning and night to give more time between each dose. Sometimes I wonder if it's doing her more harm than good.

Bella33
Regular Member


Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 478
   Posted 8/19/2013 2:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello folks,

It's 1 year later and I had decided to again decrease Namenda. My mom's doctor gave the ok and said at her stage of life the drug probably isn't doing much even if it was working before. It's been a week of 5mg morning and night and she's so much more awake and animated.

This drug really sucks the life out of people. I wonder if others have had the same experience. My poor mom was on it for 7 whole years. I am hoping to slowly wean her off completely. I don't want to shock her system so easy does it.

Bella33
Regular Member


Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 478
   Posted 8/31/2013 6:01 AM (GMT -6)   
It's now 2 weeks later and she's now very weak in the legs and cannot stand or walk on her own. I don't know what to make of this. 1st week she was great and flexible and now it's total opposite. Does this mean she needs the full dosage of 20mg a day after all? How to explain the great light as air body functions on the first week after the decrease but losing that mobility in the 2nd week?

Last night I increased it back. I don't know if I'm doing the right thing. My mom's doctor thought the drug is useless for her but maybe she is so depended on it now that she needs to stay on it because her body craves it now. Anyone have the same situation?

Barbiee
New Member


Date Joined Dec 2013
Total Posts : 3
   Posted 12/12/2013 1:26 AM (GMT -6)   
TheProofUneed said...
wow... All it will do is keep her in a stupor. I will pass this info to you and you can do as you please with it... According Alzheimer's is a physicians caused disease and it can be reversed... Before you roll your eyes... Keep this in mind... The cost of this... $20.00 a month at best. Now if it took several months to see any results... I would probably roll my eyes also... HOWEVER.. you'll see noticeable differences with in several weeks... If you're interested in actually hearing it for yourself... I will send you the link as your not allowed to add links from here.
*and neither is skirting the rules
(deleted more contacts)


I want to know the link to this please!!!

berta33
New Member


Date Joined Feb 2014
Total Posts : 1
   Posted 2/1/2014 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I too would like the link that Bella33 requested.
Thanks.

berta33

Bella33
Regular Member


Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 478
   Posted 2/3/2014 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Uh... i didn't request the link because it looks like a scam.

Bella33
Regular Member


Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 478
   Posted 3/9/2014 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   
My mom takes 10mg morning and night = 20mg total. Her doctor said the drug shouldn't do much after so many years which was why he thought my mom should go off of it and stop the side effects which could have been sleepiness. My mom is better off on it. Maybe she's hooked. I don't know.

TexasTornado Deb
New Member


Date Joined Jul 2013
Total Posts : 8
   Posted 3/12/2014 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Namenda has helped my mother, as is the case that no one person is the same because it did not help my father at all. I have no plans to take my mother off of it. The weird dreams or any other side effects can be helped with other meds. Right now my mother is also on 15 mg of Aricept and 1000 of Depakote. Together these starve off symptoms of dementia without seeing the other side effects mentioned. I had to put my mom in a Behavioral Hospital for dementia patients to get her on the depakote. She had become hard to deal with and physical in altercations. But the depakote evened out her mood and made her extremely easy to work with and more happy in the long run. Some hallucinations are harmless. I guess it depends on whether side effects are too negative on whether to wean off or not. Right now I have no intention of taking her off any of the meds.

Bella33
Regular Member


Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 478
   Posted 3/12/2014 10:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah my mom is staying on Namenda but she's hallucinating and acting all high a lot. That's from taking Stalevo crushed but that's another story.
New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Saturday, October 21, 2017 6:37 AM (GMT -6)
There are a total of 2,885,093 posts in 316,551 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 157670 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, LBK beach.
321 Guest(s), 3 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
Bohemond, gabybee, mcloud


Follow HealingWell.com on Facebook  Follow HealingWell.com on Twitter  Follow HealingWell.com on Pinterest
Advertisement
Advertisement

©1996-2017 HealingWell.com LLC  All rights reserved.

Advertise | Privacy Policy & Disclaimer