Ebixa (Memantine) Tablets
Ebixa is a drug prescribed to treat moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease.
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Ebixa (Memantine) Tablets
Why have I been prescribed Ebixa? Ebixa is a…
Why have I been prescribed Ebixa?
- Ebixa is a drug prescribed to treat moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease.
How does it work?
- It blocks the effects of a chemical (glutamate) in the brain which is thought to be involved in brain dysfunction.
When and how do I take it?
- Ebixa should be taken once or twice a day, depending on the dose decided by your doctor, and should be taken at the same time every day. The film-coated tablets can be taken with or without food with plenty of water.
What’s the dose?
- Start at 5mg a day and increase to a max of 20mg a day (in two doses of 10mg).
Could they interact with other tablets?
- Ebixa can interact with other medications like L-dopa, dopaminergic agonists, and anticholinergics, barbiturates and neuroleptics, antispasmodic agents, dantrolene or baclofen, amantadine, cimetidine, ranitidine, procainamide, quinidine, quinine and nicotine. Because of this, always tell your doctor that you are taking Ebixa.
- Herbal supplements should be used with caution and only after informing your doctor first.
What are the possible risks or side-effects?
Common side effects include:
- sleep disturbance
- somnolence (or sleepiness)
Can I drink alcohol while taking it?
- There is no known significant interaction between Ebixa and alcohol. It is possible however, that the sedative and drowsy effects of Ebixa may be increased by alcohol. Always ask your doctor or pharmacist first because this may depend on what other tablets you are taking.
What if I’m pregnant/breastfeeding?
- Ebixa should not be used during pregnancy unless deemed necessary by your doctor.
- Women taking Ebixa should not breast-feed.
If you have any further questions please ask your Pharmacist.
Remember to keep all medicines out of reach of children
Please Note: We have made every effort to ensure that the content of this information sheet is correct at time of publish, but remember that information about drugs may change. This sheet does not list all the uses and side-effects associated with this drug. For full details please see the drug information leaflet which comes with your medicine. Your doctor will assess your medical circumstances and draw your attention to any information or side-effects which may be relevant in your particular case.
1. Medicines.ie website- Ebixa SPC http://www.medicines.ie/medicine/3639/SPC/Ebixa+Tablets/
2. Medicines.ie- Ebixa PIL http://www.medicines.ie/medicine/8293/PIL/Ebixa+Tablets/