Namenda Side Effects: Special Warnings
What Namenda side effects may occur?
Although Namenda side effects cannot be anticipated, if any develop
or change in intensity you need to contact your doctor immediately.
Only your doctor can determine if it is still safe to continue taking
this memory drug in spite of the Namenda side effects.
The Namenda side effects may include:
Confusion, constipation, coughing, dizziness, hallucinations,
headache, high blood pressure, pain, sleepiness, vomiting
Namenda side effects and special warnings:
Namenda is not recommended for patients who have severe kidney
impairment. There are various disease conditions that may alter the
alkaline balance of the urine, which then may cause a build up of this
medication in your body. You should always tell your physician about
any major dietary changes, kidney problems such as renal acidosis, or
urinary tract infections.
You should always make sure your doctor has information about any
history of seizures that you may have. In addition to the previously
mentioned Namenda side effects, this medication has not been formally
studied among people with seizure disorders.
Namenda side effects and food and drug interactions:
In addition to the Namenda side effects, this medication should not be
taken with certain other drugs as the effects can either be increased,
decreased or altered in some other way. It is always important to
check with your physician when combining Namenda with any of the
Cimetidine (Tagamet, Tagamet HB)
Cough suppressants that contain dextromethorphan (usually denoted as
Glaucoma drug such as Diamox and Neptazane
Nicotine (Nicoderm patch, Nicorette gum)
Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda, Alka-Seltzer)
Triamterene (Dyrenium DM)
You always need to be very sensitive to the combination of medications
in addition to an awareness of any Namenda side effects.
Information adapted from The PDR
Pocket Guide to Prescription Drugs
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