Talking to the healthcare provider

Getting the most out of appointments with the healthcare provider starts by being prepared

Sometimes it is difficult to remember to ask questions or voice concerns until after you have left the healthcare provider’s office. But the more information you can gather before visits, the better the discussion you will be able to have with your loved one’s healthcare provider.

One easy way to help you prepare for the next appointment is with the Appointment Checklist. Use this tool to jot down thoughts and questions, as well as track your loved one’s symptoms.

View, fill out, and print the Appointment Checklist to help better facilitate a conversation at your loved one’s next appointment. You may also share this by email if you know someone who may find this checklist helpful.

View Checklist Email Checklist

These are questions you may want to ask the healthcare provider about your loved one:

1
Does my loved one have moderate or severe Alzheimer’s?
2
What changes can I expect to see in my loved one, now and in the future?
3
What should I be watching for? What types of things should I call you about?
4
How often does the person I care for need to be evaluated?
5
I’ve read about NAMZARIC, do you think it could be right for my loved one?
6
If my loved one is already taking donepezil HCl for their moderate Alzheimer’s, can he or she take NAMZARIC?
7
What are possible side effects of NAMZARIC?
8
What should I expect to see after my loved one starts treatment with NAMZARIC?

NAMZARIC is a prescription medicine approved to treat moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease in patients who are taking donepezil hydrochloride 10 mg, the active ingredient in Aricept®.

There is no evidence that NAMZARIC prevents or slows the underlying disease process in patients with Alzheimer's disease.

Important Risk Information

NAMZARIC should not be taken by anyone who: has an allergy to memantine HCl, donepezil HCl, medicines that contain piperidines, or any of the ingredients in NAMZARIC.

Before taking NAMZARIC, tell the doctor about all of the patient’s medical conditions, including:

  • heart problems including an irregular, slow, or fast heartbeat
  • asthma or lung problems
  • seizures
  • stomach ulcers
  • bladder, kidney, or liver problems
  • any surgical, dental, or other medical procedures scheduled when anesthesia may be used

Tell the doctor about all the medicines the patient takes, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

What are the possible side effects of NAMZARIC?

NAMZARIC may cause serious side effects, including:

  • muscle problems in patients given anesthesia
  • slow heartbeat and fainting. This happens more often in people with heart problems. Call the doctor right away if the patient faints while taking NAMZARIC.
  • more stomach acid. This raises the chance of ulcers and bleeding especially when taking NAMZARIC. The risk is higher for patients who have had ulcers, or take aspirin or other NSAIDs.
  • nausea and vomiting
  • difficulty passing urine
  • seizures
  • worsening of lung problems in people with asthma or other lung disease

The most common side effects of memantine HCl include: headache, diarrhea, and dizziness.

The most common side effects of donepezil HCl include: diarrhea, not wanting to eat (anorexia), and bruising.

These are not all the possible side effects of NAMZARIC.

Please see full Prescribing Information, including Patient Information.

Aricept® is a trademark used by Eisai Inc. under license from Eisai R&D Management Co., Ltd.

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NAMZARIC is a prescription medicine approved to treat moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease in patients who are taking donepezil hydrochloride 10 mg, the active ingredient in Aricept®.

There is no evidence that NAMZARIC prevents or slows the underlying disease process in patients with Alzheimer's disease.

Important Risk Information

NAMZARIC should not be taken by anyone who: has an allergy to memantine HCl, donepezil HCl, medicines that contain piperidines, or any of the ingredients in NAMZARIC.

Before taking NAMZARIC, tell the doctor about all of the patient’s medical conditions, including:

  • heart problems including an irregular, slow, or fast heartbeat
  • asthma or lung problems
  • seizures
  • stomach ulcers
  • bladder, kidney, or liver problems
  • any surgical, dental, or other medical procedures scheduled when anesthesia may be used

Tell the doctor about all the medicines the patient takes, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

What are the possible side effects of NAMZARIC?

NAMZARIC may cause serious side effects, including:

  • muscle problems in patients given anesthesia
  • slow heartbeat and fainting. This happens more often in people with heart problems. Call the doctor right away if the patient faints while taking NAMZARIC.
  • more stomach acid. This raises the chance of ulcers and bleeding especially when taking NAMZARIC. The risk is higher for patients who have had ulcers, or take aspirin or other NSAIDs.
  • nausea and vomiting
  • difficulty passing urine
  • seizures
  • worsening of lung problems in people with asthma or other lung disease

The most common side effects of memantine HCl include: headache, diarrhea, and dizziness.

The most common side effects of donepezil HCl include: diarrhea, not wanting to eat (anorexia), and bruising.

These are not all the possible side effects of NAMZARIC.

Indication

NAMZARIC is a prescription medicine approved to treat moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease in patients who are taking donepezil hydrochloride 10 mg, the active ingredient in Aricept®.

Please see full Prescribing Information, including Patient Information.

Aricept® is a trademark used by Eisai Inc. under license from Eisai R&D Management Co., Ltd.