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    Old 06-21-2005, 03:26 PM   #1
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    hello My Mom, age 78, started taking Namenda a few weeks ago. Started with 5 mg twice daily for about 3 weeks then increased it to 10 mg twice daily. Mom's Dr had said that she has seen amazing results in 10 months. It helps them "focus". I think we are seeing results already! Even the Home Aide said that she sees an improvement in my Mom. My mom's questions and comments seem clearer and understandable. At another board, someone had said that she too saw results within one month-- from her Dad babbling to giving a toast at a wedding! Isn't this great? I am so happy and excited. (My Mom also takes Reminyl--now called Razadyne and Seroquel).

    Q: I would like to hear others experience with Namenda. Thanks!

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    Re: Namenda - Your experience with this med?

    Hi Min,

    Sorry I can be of no help as my mother was never on Namenda. Glad your mother is improving!

    Welcome anyway!!

    Wishing you well - Barbara

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    Old 06-21-2005, 04:33 PM   #3
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    Hi Min,

    So glad to hear your mom is doing well with Namenda. My mom is 88 and is on Reminyl and Namenda. I can't say that we have seen the same results. Maybe it has slowed the disease down a bit but not apparent to most people. I know every case is different and glad your mom is improving.


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    Old 06-22-2005, 09:01 AM   #4
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    Re: Namenda - Your experience with this med?

    It didn't seem to have that much effect on my father-in-law. It seemed to make him more "antsy". He has gone off it and a few of his high blood pressure meds and his memory seems better lately. Isn't Namenda's effectiveness limited to six months or so? I thought I read that somewhere in the myriad of stuff I read about this disease.

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    My mom has been on Namenda (also Aricept) since early 2004. She seems to have stabilized, but since she is also taking Aricept, in addition to ginko biloba, coenzyme, vitamin C, etc. I can't say for sure that the Namenda is working. But I would guess that it has had some part.

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    My father has been on Namenda for the last year and it was a godsend. When he was started on it he couldn't write his own name half the time, within about 2wks he had more clarity and could remember and recite what he was asked to by the neurologist. His writing ability and reading ability returned to him. It definitely made a significant difference for him and his quality of life. He stayed relatively stable for about 6 months then the alzheimers progression kicked in again. Over the following months he continued to decline but at a managable pace. He still has the ability to remember things for a short time span. He is still on Namenda and recently has been placed on sequoral to help with the restlessness at night. In our case it enabled us to keep him in the community for the last year. Hope this helps some.

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