A prescription drug for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. It protects the brain’s nerve cells against glutamate, which is released in excess by Alzheimer’s-damaged brain cells. Also called Namenda ( trademark).
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved memantine for treatment of moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease, and it may be used in combination with a cholinesterase inhibitor.
- However, because most of the health care costs of Alzheimer's disease relate to advanced disease, memantine may be cost-effective even if the absolute clinical benefits are small. - C.W.
- The new data, some of which were reported at a meeting last year, convinced the European Union to add late-stage Alzheimer's disease to memantine's approved uses.
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