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From FDA reports: drug interactions between Memantine Hcl, Propranolol, Aricept for a Female patient aged 78

This is a personalized study for a 78 year old female patient. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports of 464 people who take the same drugs and have drug interactionsfrom FDA.

On Nov, 23, 2014: 464 people who reported to have interactions when taking Memantine Hcl, Propranolol, Aricept are studied

Trend of Memantine Hcl, Propranolol, Aricept's drug interactions, side effects, and effectiveness reports (3850130)

Information of the patient in this study:

Age: 78

Gender: female

Conditions: Dementia Alzheimer's Type

Drugs taking:
- Memantine Hcl: used for < 1 month
- Propranolol
- Aricept

Drug interactions have: Hallucination, Fear, Confusional State

eHealthMe real world results:

Comparison with this patient's adverse outcomes among females aged 78 (±5):

InteractionNumber of reports
Hallucination (an experience involving the perception of something not present)6 (4.88%)
Fear2 (1.63%)
Confusional State12 (9.76%)

Most common interactions experienced by females aged 78 (±5) in the use of Memantine Hcl, Propranolol, Aricept:

InteractionNumber of reports
Aspartate Aminotransferase Increased36
Torsade De Pointes (a abnormal heart rate with abnormal beating pattern)34
Alanine Aminotransferase Increased32
Drug Interaction30
Urinary Tract Infection30
Syncope (loss of consciousness with an inability to maintain postural tone)28
Serotonin Syndrome (occurs when two drugs that affect the body's level of serotonin are taken together at the same time)28
Electrocardiogram Qt Prolonged22
Abasia (inability to walk)22
Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)20

Most common interactions experienced by females aged 78 (±5) in long term use of Memantine Hcl, Propranolol, Aricept:

InteractionNumber of reports
Bradycardia (abnormally slow heart action)7
Torsade De Pointes (a abnormal heart rate with abnormal beating pattern)6
Cardio-respiratory Arrest (sudden dysfunction of heart and lungs)4
Loss Of Consciousness2
Pseudomonas Infection (pseudomonas infection is caused by a bacterium, pseudomonas aeruginosa)2
General Physical Health Deterioration (weak health status)2
Agranulocytosis (a deficiency of granulocytes in the blood, causing increased vulnerability to infection)2
Blood Creatine Phosphokinase Decreased2
Blood Albumin Decreased2

For people in general (regardless of gender or age):

Comparison with this patient's adverse outcomes:

InteractionNumber of reports
Hallucination (an experience involving the perception of something not present)18 (3.88%)
Fear6 (1.29%)
Confusional State58 (12.50%)

Most common interactions experienced by people in the use of Memantine Hcl, Propranolol, Aricept:

InteractionNumber of reports
Agitation (state of anxiety or nervous excitement)67
Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)62
Confusional State58
Drug Interaction54
Aspartate Aminotransferase Increased48
Urinary Tract Infection47
Syncope (loss of consciousness with an inability to maintain postural tone)46
Alanine Aminotransferase Increased44

Most common interactions experienced by people in long term use of Memantine Hcl, Propranolol, Aricept:

InteractionNumber of reports
Ileus (a painful obstruction of the ileum or other part of the intestine)11
Enterococcal Bacteraemia (presence of bacteria lactic acid in the blood)10
Portal Vein Thrombosis (venous thrombosis affecting the hepatic portal vein)10
Pancreatitis (inflammation of pancreas)10
Wound Infection10
Cholelithiasis (the presence or formation of gallstones in the gallbladder or bile ducts)10
Pancreatic Necrosis (death of pancreas tissue in pancreas)10
Pancreatic Pseudocyst (collection of tissue and fluids that forms on pancreas)8
Back Pain8

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    I tried to find Dr. Kassem to no avail. I wanted to know exactly where she got this information. I would like to find some primary literature on this topic but haven't had any luck. I need proof, because as of right now I'm a student being told that "she has been on this agent for 28 years, I doubt it's bothering her now." I'm not buying it and I think something is here.

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    I think the propranolol, while not the cause of these problems, is certainly exacerbating them. Does anyone have proof of this happening; peer reviewed articles, anything. My rotation is done in 2 weeks and I know no one will ever look into this again after I'm gone.

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