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FDA Approves New Alzheimer's Medication

The Food and Drug Administration approved the New Drug Application for Namzaric to treat moderate to severe Alzheimer’s. Namzaric is a fixed-dose combination of extended-release memantine hydrochloride, a NMDA receptor antagonist, and donepezil hydrochloride, an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor.These two medications are often co-prescribed for Alzheimer’s patients, and a recent clinical study demonstrated that giving memantine to patients already taking acetylcholinesterase inhibitors could boost improvements in cognition and functioning, with minimal adverse effects.This new dual-formula drug will reduce the number of pills Alzheimer’s patients need to take daily; the capsule can also...

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Published By: Psychiatric News - Monday, 29 December, 2014

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