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NamendaXR is not working the same as regular Namenda. What can I do ?

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The doctor our neurologist sent my husband to for a consultation wants to put him on aracept. He is on Namenda now. I'm wondering if that is a good idea?
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I took my husband off Namenda a long time ago since it was fuzzing up his thinking. He is better off without it although I'm sure, from a monetary standpoint, his doctor and the pharmaceuticals she's in bed with aren't too happy with what I did. However, I am the best judge of what is right for my husband's dementia. And you can take that to the bank!
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I guess I'm lucky. Al doesn't yell or scream, but then he never did. He has Parkinson's so is not on Excelon. He also sleeps nearly 18 hrs a day, and spends hours and hours playing computor games. Sometimes I think I am really living alone.
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My husband is on Namenda trial pack and will be starting the XR next week. He is also on the Excelon patch 13.3. Since starting the Namenda and Celexa his mood has changed for the better. He is also on Ativan 1 MG twice a day. He sleeps more than usual but that is OK with me at least he is not yelling and screaminig all the time. I don't know how long the better mood will last but I am greatly for any type of relief.
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my question is is namendaxr the supplier as my hubby takes memantine but by EBIXA so what is the difference please
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My MIL's pharmacy is having trouble even getting the Namenda XR. She ran out of the regular yesterday. They're supposed to be calling the neurologist today and see what he recommends. She is on that plus Aricept and celexa along with other meds for other ailments. She seemed to improve some when she got put on those two together. Now I worry that she'll get worse again since I'm reading this. She has good days and bad days though tbh.
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Akdaughter, That doctor may be right about not geting back what might be lot through a swtch of meds. No one forewarned us about this possibility when we switched Dad from Aricept to Exelon. He had been on the Aricept for years and he seemed to be deteriorating, so we tried this change Dad seemed to get worse on the Exelon , quickly getting even more confused, more sundowning. So we switched back. But he never got bck to the place he was before, but did seem to slow up the progression a bit. (We couldn't use Namenda, as Dad developed an allergy rash from it.)
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My mom is in the same situation. She is now on the 28mg XR instead of 10mg twice a day. I, too, think that her memory has declined since the switch. However, there is no option since I read that the regular Namenda will not be available after August. It is hard to know if this is just the progression of her dementia, or is due in part to the change in meds. Namenda has a disclaimer in their advertising that there are no studies showing its effectiveness. Mom's doctor doesn't want to discontinue it because he said she could never get back what she would lose by discontinuing it if it is working.
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Consult your prescriber. :)
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Mom's on both the Namenda XR and Aricept, also takes citalopram with apparently no problems. The gerontologist took her off mirtazapine and divalproex, which has vastly improved her behavior. I'm not seeing much in the way of hallucinations now or anger. Glad we did this. The doc also had us drop her cetirizine (daily allergy med) with no consequences. I'm wondering if she even needs the antidepressant and will ask about it when we see the doc next.
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