Namenda (memantine hydrochloride)

definition of Namenda (memantine hydrochloride): Brand name is Namenda®. Memantine is available as tablets or oral solution and is indicated for treatment of moderate to severe Alzheimer’s dementia. For people with autism, memantine may be prescribed off-label to help improve language, social behavior, and other behaviors. Namenda® is a glutamate receptor antagonist (inhibits glutamate binding to its receptors).

Small Study Shows that Oxytocin May Help Children with Autism

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Results of a small, evidence-based study have shown that oxytocin may help children with autism.

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Results of a small, evidence-based study have shown that oxytocin may help children with autism. Thirteen young people with high-functioning autism or Asperger’s and 13 young neuro-typical people were all given small amounts of oxytocin. Scientists measured social responses to both ball tossing and identifying social cues in pictures of human faces; they also measured the amount of oxytocin in the blood. Oxytocin is hormone that helps in childbirth and breastfeeding, but also may be important in regulating emotions. There are studies that have shown that children with autism may have lower levels of oxytocin. The important and exciting thing about this new study is that the scientists are testing in a controlled and rigorous way. This means that parents will soon be able to make decisions for their children based on science and not merely anecdotal evidence. Other supplements undergoing controlled study include methyl B12, omega-3 fatty acids, and a drug for Alzheimer, Namenda.

Memantine: A Comprehensive Review of Safety and Efficacy

Memantine may be helpful for people with moderate-to-severe autism disorders.

Kavirajan H.  2009.  Memantine: A Comprehensive Review of Safety and Efficacy. Expert Opinion . 8(1):89-109.

Pediatric Psychiatrist

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