Namenda Uses, Dosage, How to Take, Side Effects and Interactions

Namenda is used to treat moderate to severe confusion (dementia) related to Alzheimer’s disease. It does not cure Alzheimer’s disease, but it may improve memory, awareness, and the ability to perform daily functions. This medication works by blocking the action of a certain natural substance in the brain (glutamate) that is believed to be linked to symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

Namenda dosage. Usual adult dose for Alzheimer’s disease:

  • Immediate-release: Initial dose: 5 mg orally once a day, then titrated upwards by 5 mg per week; Maintenance dose: 5 mg once a day up to 10 mg twice a day; Maximum dose: 20 mg per day
  • Extended-release: Initial dose: 7 mg orally once a day, then titrated upwards by 7 mg per week; Maintenance dose: 7 mg once a day up to 28 mg once a day; Maximum dose: 28 mg orally once a day