Q. Does Atmen have abuse potential?
No, Atmen does not have abuse potential. On the contrary, it may prevent excess use of addictive drugs such as morphine or ethanol.
Q. When and how Atmen should be taken?
Atmen should be taken orally once a day. To benefit from your medicine you should take it regularly every day at the same time of the day. The tablets should be swallowed with some water. The tablets can be taken with or without food.
Q. How long does it take for Atmen to start working?
For Atmen to start working and show its full benefits, it may require between 3 and 8 hours. The doctor may require a follow-up clinical assessment to check the progress after 4 weeks and then 6 months after the first assessment.
Q. What are the symptoms of overdosage of Atmen?
The symptoms which can be observed due to an overdose of Atmen include tiredness, weakness, drowsiness, confusion, hallucinations, and/or vomiting. Some may also experience diarrhea, vertigo, agitation, aggression, and walking difficulty.
Q. How does Atmen affect a person with dementia?
Atmen belongs to a class of medications called N-methyl-D- aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonists. It works by decreasing abnormal activity in the brain. Atmen may improve the ability to think and remember. It may also reduce the deterioration of these abilities in people who have Alzheimer's disease. However, with time the effectiveness of this medicine will reduce and it may not be able to cure Alzheimer's disease or prevent the loss of these abilities.
Dementia is a syndrome in which there is deterioration in memory, thinking, behavior, and the ability to perform everyday activities. Dementia is one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older people worldwide. Alzheimer disease is the most common form of dementia which contributes to around 60 to 70% of cases.
Q. Can I just stop taking Atmen?
No, Atmen should not be stopped even if you feel well. This medicine only helps to control the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease but does not cure it. If you need to stop the medication then doctor should be consulted first.
Q. Does Atmen make you sleepy?
Yes, Atmen may make you sleepy. Atmen has minor to moderate influence on the ability to drive and usage of machines. In such cases, outpatients should be warned to take special care.
Q. Can Atmen be combined with donepezil?
Yes, Atmen can be combined with donepezil, as there will be no increased adverse effects. However, this combination will not cure Alzheimer's, but it can only improve thinking ability, short term memory, and other related symptoms.
Q. What medicines should I avoid while taking Atmen?
Atmen can interact with several medicines. Taking other medicines along with Atmen can either make Atmen less effective or increase its side effect. Do not take any medicine without talking to your doctor.
Q. Does Atmen have any interaction with cardiac medicines?
Yes, Atmen may interfere with the working of hydrochlorothiazide (HCT). It decreases the levels of HCT which will reduce the effectiveness of HCT. Also, procainamide and quinidine may increase levels of Atmen which may cause increased toxicity.
Q. Can I stop taking Atmen if I feel better?
No, keep using Atmen as advised by your doctor, even if you feel well. Stopping Atmen can bring back your symptoms of dementia.