|Namenda XR/Ebixa XR||memantine hcl||Brand||United Kingdom||10mg||28 Tablets||DR||$131.28||Add|
|Namenda XR/Ebixa XR||memantine hcl||Brand||United Kingdom||Titration Pack||28 Tablets||DR||$153.15||Add|
|Namenda XR/Ebixa XR||memantine hcl||Brand||United Kingdom||20mg||28 Tablets||DR||$233.38||Add|
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Ebixa XR (memantine hydrochloride) is used to slow progression of Alzheimer's disease and restore some degree of cognitive function, particularly memory. It can be used in early-onset Alzheimer's provided the patient is at least 18 years of age.
This medication is also sometimes used to treat dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), though this use is off-label in most locations and somewhat controversial. Ebixa XR has shown no benefit in vascular dementia.
Ebixa XR works best in moderate to severe Alzheimer's. Extensive studies have shown little benefit in mild Alzheimer's.
The XR in this product indicates it's extended release, compared to regular Ebixa. While regular Ebixa is often taken twice per day, Ebixa XR is just taken once. The main drawback is that regular Ebixa can be split but Ebixa XR must be swallowed whole.
What to Expect from Ebixa XR
Ebixa XR is an N-methyl-Daspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist that works to protect NMDA receptors from damage caused by the neurotransmitter glutamate. At normal levels glutamate is not harmful, but at the altered levels found in Alzheimer's it is associated with brain degeneration.
In protecting NMDA receptors, Ebixa XR ultimately helps preserve memory and, to a lesser extent, learning ability. Patients often see improvements in:
It is not realistic to expect patients to revert to pre-Alzheimer's function. Some mental impairment will still be present; the more the condition has progressed, the worse it will be. However, many patients do experience significant benefit, including:
Note that Ebixa XR is not a cure; it only slows progression of Alzheimer's. The medication will not stop it from progressing entirely. Patients, loved ones, and caretakers should be aware that there will come a time when Ebixa XR no longer provides benefit.
Ebixa XR buys patients time and allows them to make the most of that time.
Taking Ebixa XR
For best results the condition should be diagnosed by a doctor prior to administering Ebixa XR. If Alzheimer's has been diagnosed, ideally a doctor familiar with the disease and medications to treat it will prescribe Ebixa XR. The medication is not for everyone.
If Ebixa XR has been determined to be suitable, treatment is as follows:
Ebixa XR is available in titration packs, which contain 7 of each tablet strength to get patients up to the target dose in one month.
Tablets are taken just once per day. They may be taken with or without food according to personal preference. Taking with food may help ease side effects like nausea.
If a dose is missed for more than a few hours it should be skipped entirely. Too much Ebixa XR can be quite harmful; in fact, emergency medical attention is warranted if too much is taken or it is taken by an unintended recipient, even if no symptoms are apparent.
It takes a month of treatment for significant benefit to be seen, and it may take up to two months (since the first month involves titration) for full benefit to be achieved. Patients are advised to give the medication a couple of months before deciding it doesn't work.
Precautions & Adverse Effects
Serious side effects from Ebixa XR are rare when the medication is used as directed. Most are mild and transient, if experienced at all.
Rarely, however, serious side effects do develop even when great care is taken to administer the medication properly. Seek medical attention if experiencing:
Ebixa XR is known to interact with some other medications, including over-the-counter varieties. While these interactions are not always immediately serious, they can degrade effectiveness over time. Always check with a doctor or pharmacist before mixing medications.