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Namenda XR

NAMENDA XR®
(memantine hydrochloride) Extended Release Capsules

DRUG DESCRIPTION

NAMENDA XR is an orally active NMDA receptor antagonist. The chemical name for memantine hydrochloride is 1-amino-3,5-dimethyladamantane hydrochloride with the following structural formula:

NAMENDA XR® (memantine hydrochloride) Structural Formula Illustration

The molecular formula is C12H21N•HCl and the molecular weight is 215.76. Memantine HCl occurs as a fine white to off-white powder and is soluble in water.

NAMENDA XR capsules are supplied for oral administration as 7, 14, 21 and 28 mg capsules (see HOW SUPPLIED). Each capsule contains extended release beads with the labeled amount of memantine HCl and the following inactive ingredients: sugar spheres, polyvinylpyrrolidone, hypromellose, talc, polyethylene glycol, ethylcellulose, ammonium hydroxide, oleic acid, and medium chain triglycerides in hard gelatin capsules.

What are the possible side effects of memantine (Namenda)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using memantine and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • cough, chest tightness, fever, trouble breathing;
  • chest pain, fast heart rate;
  • confusion, hallucinations;
  • sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body;
  • lack of coordination;
  • fainting or seizure (convulsions);
  • urinating less than usual or not at...

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Last reviewed on RxList: 7/21/2014
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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