Namenda XR Uses
Namenda XR is prescribed for treating moderate-to-severe Alzheimer's disease. Although it is not a cure for this condition, using Namenda XR can help improve memory, attention, language, and other areas. Healthcare providers may also occasionally recommend this medication for off-label uses, such as treating ADHD and dementia unrelated to Alzheimer's.
What Is Namenda XR Used For?Namenda XR® (memantine XR) is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of moderate-to-severe Alzheimer's disease. It can be used alone or in combination with other types of Alzheimer's medications.
Alzheimer's disease is a type of dementia that affects a person's thought process, memory, and language, with no known cause or cure. Common symptoms of Alzheimer's disease may include:
- Memory loss
- Poor judgment
- Deterioration of language skills
- Impaired ability to understand visual information
- Mood swings
Early signs of Alzheimer's disease are often mistaken for normal, age-related changes. Eventually, this condition destroys a person's ability to think, process information, and function.
The recommended Alzheimer's treatment varies, depending on the stage the person is in (see Stages of Alzheimer's for more information). Medications are usually key in the treatment of this condition.
As previously stated, Namenda XR is approved for the treatment of moderate-to-severe Alzheimer's. It is not a cure for this condition, nor does it slow down the progression of the disease or prevent it from occurring. The drug can, however, help improve memory, attention, reason, language, and the ability to perform simple daily tasks.