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Usual Dosing (Adults)

Initially, 5 mg/day. Increase dose by 5 mg/day to a target dose of 20 mg/day. Wait at least 1 week between dosage changes. Doses >5 mg/day should be given in 2 divided doses.

Renal Dosing

dialysis Renal Impairment:
Memantine pharmacokinetics were evaluated following single oral administration of 20 mg memantine HCl in 8 subjects with mild renal impairment (creatinine clearance, CLcr, >50 – 80 mL/min), 8 subjects with moderate renal impairment (CLcr 30 – 49 mL/min), 7 subjects with severe renal impairment (CLcr 5 – 29 mL/min) and 8 healthy subjects (CLcr > 80 mL/min) matched as closely as possible by age, weight and gender to the subjects with renal impairment. Mean AUC0-infinity increased by 4%, 60%, and 115% in subjects with mild, moderate, and severe renal impairment, respectively, compared to healthy subjects. The terminal elimination half-life increased by 18%, 41%, and 95% in subjects with mild, moderate, and severe renal impairment, respectively, compared to healthy subjects.

[Mild to Moderate impairment]: No dosage adjustment is recommended for patients with mild and moderate renal impairment. 

[Severe impairment]: A target dose of 5 mg BID is recommended in patients with severe renal impairment (creatinine clearance of 5 – 29 mL/min based on the Cockroft-Gault equation):

For males: CLcr = [140-age (years)]· Weight (kg)/[72 · serum creatinine (mg/dL)]

For females: CLcr = 0.85 · [140-age (years)]· Weight (kg)/[72 · serum creatinine (mg/dL)]


dialysis Use is not recommended.


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