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Namzaric is a medicine used to treat moderate to severe dementia in people with Alzheimer's disease.
How does this medication work?
Namzaric contains two medicines that work in 2 different ways to treat Alzheimer's disease: donepezil and memantine. Donepezil is thought to work by slowing the breakdown of a chemical in the brain called acetylcholine (a chemical involved in learning and memory). Memantine may help regulate the abnormal activity of glutamate (another chemical in the brain that is important for learning and memory).
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: Namzaric has been shown to improve mental function as well as overall function.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's instructions. It is important that you take Namzaric exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
How do I know it is working?
You or your caregiver may notice an improvement in your condition. Your healthcare provider may also ask you or your caregiver questions from time to time to assess how well your symptoms are controlled with treatment.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
More common side effects of memantine may include: headache, diarrhea, dizziness.
More common side effects of donepezil may include: diarrhea, loss of appetite, vomiting, nausea, bruising.
Less common side effects of Namzaric may include:
Heart problems with symptoms such as slow heartbeat and fainting.
Increased stomach acid production, which may increase the risk of stomach ulcers and bleeding. The risk is higher for people who had ulcers or take aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (such as ibuprofen or naproxen).
Namzaric may also cause seizures or difficulty passing urine.
Do not take Namzaric if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Namzaric. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially for any of the following: heart problems (including an irregular, slow, or fast heartbeat); asthma or lung problems; seizures; stomach ulcers; bladder or kidney problems; liver problems; if you have surgical, dental, or other medical procedures scheduled where anesthesia may be used; or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults: The recommended dose is one capsule once a day, in the evening.
Take Namzaric exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Namzaric without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Take Namzaric with or without food.
Namzaric capsules may be opened and sprinkled on applesauce before swallowing. Sprinkle all of the medicine in the capsule on the applesauce. Do not divide the dose.
If you do not open and sprinkle Namzaric capsules on applesauce, the capsules must be swallowed whole. Do not divide, chew, or crush the capsules.
Do not use any Namzaric capsules that are damaged or show signs of tampering.
If Namzaric is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Namzaric may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking.
The effects of Namzaric during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss a dose of Namzaric, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
Store at room temperature.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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