July 25, 2014
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Ebixa

(memantine)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02260638 EBIXA 10MG TABLET

How does Ebixa work? What will it do for me?

Memantine belongs to the group of medications known as NMDA receptor antagonists. It is used alone or with other medications to treat people with moderate-to-severe Alzheimer's disease. Memantine does not cure Alzheimer's disease, but it is used to decrease the symptoms. It works in the brain to block the effect of some chemicals that cause symptoms of Alzheimer's disease such as decreased memory and other mental functions.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Ebixa?

To decrease the severity of side effects, the usual starting dose of memantine is 5 mg once daily. This dose is gradually increased, usually over a one-month period, to 10 mg twice daily.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

Memantine tablets can be taken with or without food. The tablets should be swallowed whole with a glass of water and should not be chewed.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, do not take the missed dose and continue on with your regular schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature in a dry place and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Ebixa come in?

Each white-to-off-white, centrally-tapered, oblong, biconvex, film-coated tablet with a single break line on both sides contains memantine hydrochloride 10 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal anhydrous silica, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, methacrylic acid-ethyl acrylate copolymer, microcrystalline cellulose, polysorbate 80, simethicone emulsion, sodium lauryl sulfate, talc, and triacetin.

Who should NOT take Ebixa?

Do not take this medication if you are allergic to memantine or any ingredients of the medication.

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