Namenda (memantine hydrochloride) is a prescription drug used to treat moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease. Namenda’s cost may depend on factors, including your dosage, whether you have health insurance, and the pharmacy you use.

Note: In this article, Namenda (the oral immediate-release tablet) and Namenda XR (the oral extended-release capsule) will both be referred to simply as “Namenda.”

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Namenda is available as the generic drug memantine. A generic contains an exact copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication. A generic is considered just as safe and effective as the original drug but tends to cost less.

To find out how the costs of Namenda and memantine compare, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.

If you’ve been prescribed Namenda and you’re interested in trying memantine instead, talk with your doctor. They may recommend that you take one version instead of the other. You’ll also need to check with your insurance provider, as it may only cover one drug or the other.

Why is there such a cost difference between brand-name drugs and generics?

Years of research and testing are needed to ensure that brand-name drugs are safe and effective. This testing can make the drugs expensive. The manufacturer of a brand-name drug can sell the drug exclusively for up to 20 years. After that, other drugmakers can create generic versions. This competition in the market can lead to lower costs for generics. And because generics have the same active ingredients as brand-name drugs, they don’t need to be studied again. This can also lead to lower generic costs.

If you take Namenda long term, you may be able to lower your costs in the following ways:

Look into getting a 90-day supply of your medication: You may be able to get a 90-day supply of Namenda if approved by your insurance company. This could reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy and help lower the cost of Namenda. If you’re interested in a 90-day supply of this drug, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.

Use a mail-order pharmacy to get your medication: Using a mail-order pharmacy might help lower your cost for Namenda. Plus, you could get your medication without leaving home. Some Medicare plans may help cover the cost of mail-order drugs. You may also be able to get a 90-day supply of the drug through mail order. If you don’t have health insurance, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. They may be able to suggest online pharmacy options that could work for you.

If you need help covering the cost of Namenda or understanding your insurance, check out these resources:

On these pages, you can find insurance information, details on drug assistance programs, and links to savings cards and other services.

If you have questions about how to pay for your prescription, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about Namenda and cost.

How does Aricept’s cost compare with Namenda’s cost?

Both Aricept and Namenda are used to treat Alzheimer’s disease. But they have different active ingredients and are available in different forms.

Aricept comes as an oral tablet and an orally disintegrating tablet. Namenda comes as an oral tablet and an extended-release capsule. The strengths of each drug and form are different, and both come in brand-name and generic versions.

These factors can all affect the cost of Aricept and Namenda. To find out more about how the costs of these two drugs compare, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.

How much does memantine cost per month?

The cost per month of Namenda versus memantine depends on several factors.

Typically, memantine (the generic form of Namenda) will have lower monthly costs than the brand-name version. The costs of the different forms and doses of memantine and Namenda also differ. Memantine and Namenda immediate-release tablets come in 5-milligram (mg) and 10-mg strengths. Memantine and Namenda extended-release capsules come in strengths of 7 mg, 14 mg, 21 mg, and 28 mg.

The cost of memantine and Namenda per month also depends on whether you take the tablets once or twice daily.

To learn more about the monthly costs of memantine and Namenda, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

If you have insurance, you may need to get prior authorization before your insurance provider will cover Namenda. This means your insurer and your doctor will discuss Namenda in regard to your treatment. Then the insurance company will determine whether the drug is covered. If Namenda requires prior authorization and you don’t receive it before you start treatment, you could pay the full cost of the drug.

Be sure to ask your insurance company whether Namenda requires prior authorization.

Disclaimer: Healthline has made every effort to make certain that all information is factually correct, comprehensive, and up to date. However, this article should not be used as a substitute for the knowledge and expertise of a licensed healthcare professional. You should always consult your doctor or another healthcare professional before taking any medication. The drug information contained herein is subject to change and is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a given drug does not indicate that the drug or drug combination is safe, effective, or appropriate for all patients or all specific uses.