Q. Does Larentine have abuse potential?
No, Larentine 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 Larentine should be taken?
Larentine 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 Larentine to start working?
For Larentine 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 Larentine?
The symptoms which can be observed due to an overdose of Larentine include tiredness, weakness, drowsiness, confusion, hallucinations, and/or vomiting. Some may also experience diarrhea, vertigo, agitation, aggression, and walking difficulty.
Q. How does Larentine affect a person with dementia?
Larentine belongs to a class of medications called N-methyl-D- aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonists. It works by decreasing abnormal activity in the brain. Larentine 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 Larentine?
No, Larentine 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 Larentine make you sleepy?
Yes, Larentine may make you sleepy. Larentine 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 Larentine be combined with donepezil?
Yes, Larentine 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 Larentine?
Larentine can interact with several medicines. Taking other medicines along with Larentine can either make Larentine less effective or increase its side effect. Do not take any medicine without talking to your doctor.
Q. Does Larentine have any interaction with cardiac medicines?
Yes, Larentine 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 Larentine which may cause increased toxicity.
Q. Can I stop taking Larentine if I feel better?
No, keep using Larentine as advised by your doctor, even if you feel well. Stopping Larentine can bring back your symptoms of dementia.