Memantine for Alzheimer's Disease
How Well It Works
Memantine does not stop what is happening in the brain to cause personality changes and memory loss from Alzheimer's disease. But memantine may help to slow down the rate at which the disease gets worse.
Some people with moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease try combination therapy, which is taking memantine with a Reference cholinesterase inhibitor (such as Aricept). Cholinesterase inhibitors work differently from the way memantine works. And taking them together might help improve thinking and daily functioning.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: October 29, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Myron F. Weiner, MD - Psychiatry, Neurology