Memantine in Moderate to Severe Alzheimer’s Disease: a Meta-Analysis of Randomised Clinical Trials

Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders (Impact Factor: 3.55). 02/2007; 24(1):20-7. DOI: 10.1159/000102568
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The efficacy of memantine in Alzheimer's disease (AD) has been investigated in multiple randomised, placebo-controlled phase III trials. Recently, the indication label for memantine in Europe was extended to cover patients with moderate to severe AD, i.e. Mini-Mental State Exam total scores below 20. The efficacy data for memantine in this patient subgroup has been summarised by a meta-analysis of 1,826 patients in six trials. Efficacy was assessed using measures of global status (Clinician's Interview-Based Impression of Change Plus Caregiver Input), cognition (Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Scale - Cognitive Subscale, or Severe Impairment Battery), function (Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study Activities of Daily Living 19- or 23-item scale), and behaviour (Neuropsychiatric Inventory). Results (without replacement of missing values) showed statistically significant effects for memantine (vs. placebo) in each domain. Memantine was well tolerated, and the overall incidence rates of adverse events were comparable to placebo. This meta-analysis supports memantine's clinically relevant efficacy in patients with moderate to severe AD.


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    • "Memantine is licensed for treatment of moderate-tosevere Alzheimer's disease (AD) (Areosa et al. 2005). Efficacy in patients with moderate-to-severe AD was demonstrated in a meta-analysis of six randomized placebo-controlled trials showing modest beneficial effects on global status and cognition after treatment with memantine (Winblad et al. 2007). Memantine has a favorable safety and tolerability profile (Farlow et al. 2008). "
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