... alzheimer's/memory issues? Ie to assist with pain management. I've been told and seen research that the medication assist with delivering the pain medication more efficiently ?
Yes, Namenda was prescribed for my migraines by a Headache Specialist at a university Pain Management clinic. He said that he had other patients who were helped that had "central migraines" like mine. He only started me on 5 mg whereas the usual dose for alzheimer's patients is 20 mg. He said that he may raise it to 10 mg. He said nothing about it assisting with other pain meds. It's too soon to tell if it really is helping me. My husband remarked in delight about me doing far more around the house several times after I was taking it 2 weeks, then I crashed. The doctor said that it should work in about 2 weeks. But I'm also nearing the end of my Botox injections taking effect. The last 3 weeks are always the worst. Will have to let you know in a few weeks, but Yes, Namenda is used off-label as a pain killer.
My husband has FTD (Frontal Temporal lobe Dementia. He is in an assisted living facility. His dr. prescribed Namenda (without my knowledge). He was on the drug for about 2-3 mos. and there was no change (for better or worse) whatsoever. Seeing as the drug is very costly and not exactly recommended for FTD I told the dr. to take my husband off of it. FTD is totally different from Alzheimzer and shouldn't be treated as the same disease. A few weeks after being taken off it he was taken to the emergency room. The MRIs and the usual test the doctors could not find any change from his last tests, but his mental and mobility had deteriorated immensely. Before taking this drug he could take care of himself, even walking a dog of a resident at the facility. Now he can't even walk steadily enough to go to the dining room.
Has anyone else had similar experience?
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