The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics
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Memantine for Alzheimer's Disease
Memantine hydrochloride, which has been used to treat dementia in Germany (Axura Merz) since 1982, has become the latest word-of-mouth miracle drug for Alzheimer's disease in the US (G Kolata, NY Times, June 15, 2003). Forest Laboratories has submitted a New Drug Application to the FDA for memantine. This review describes the standard treatment for Alzheimer's Disease, mechanism of action, clinical studies, adverse effects and dosage. Also included are sections on availability of the drug and how some people are obtaining memantine from abroad. ... more
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