Sustained effects of once-daily memantine treatment on cognition and functional communication skills in patients with moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease: results of a 16-week open-label trial.J Alzheimers Dis. 2011; 25(3):463-75.JA
The present study evaluated the effects of once-daily memantine (20 mg) treatment on cognition and communication in patients with moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease (AD). In a multicenter, single-arm open-label study, outpatients diagnosed with AD (MMSE < 20; n = 97) were titrated from 5 mg to 20 mg once-daily memantine over 4 weeks. Once-daily memantine treatment (20 mg) was then continued for 8 weeks, followed by a 4-week wash-out period. The primary efficacy endpoint was the change from baseline in the Consortium to Establish a Registry for Alzheimer's Disease -Neuropsychological Battery (CERAD-NP) total score. Secondary efficacy endpoints included change from baseline in Functional Communication Language Inventory (FLCI) and ADCS-ADL19 total score, and the response from baseline in Clinical Global Impression of Change (CGI-C). The CERAD-NP total score improved significantly after 12 weeks of once-daily memantine treatment compared with baseline (5.9 ± 8.8; p < 0.0001). The FLCI total score improved significantly after 12 weeks compared with baseline (4.4 ± 6.8; p < 0.0001). These significant improvements were already observed after 4 and 8 weeks of once-daily memantine treatment and persisted after a 4-week wash-out period. ADCS-ADL19 total scores showed only slight increases from baseline, and CGI-C indicated that the majority of patients experienced an improvement or stabilization of the disease after 12 weeks. At least one Treatment-Emergent Adverse Event was reported by 38 (39.2%) patients. In patients with moderate to severe AD, once-daily memantine (20 mg) treatment significantly improved cognition and functional communication and was found to have a favorable safety and tolerability profile.