Thank you, Dr. Jenike. I requested information from you about using Namenda to help with OCD symptoms several years ago through the OCD Yahoo! group. I have spent the time since trying to get my doctors to read the information and try this approach. This winter I entered a partial hospitalization program where my psychiatrist was willing to try adding Namenda to my drug regiment. I currently am on 5 mgs in the AM and 5 mgs in the PM. I was increased to the recommended 20 mgs per day but experienced side effects. I am very pleased to report that my OCD has significantly been reduced since starting the Namenda five months ago. My checking is very minimal. I am under extreme family stress currently but the OCD has been manageable. That is something I never thought I would be able to report. Thank you for helping me get my life back. I know a lot of the work was accomplished through CBT, but I know that the Namenda made it easier on me to do the actual leg work. Thank you for being such a wonderful caring and supportive doctor in the mental health field. The world is fortunate to have someone like you in it.
Many heartfelt thanks,
thank you Rebecca. this is great news. Namenda does not always work, but when it does it can be pretty dramatic. side effects are really minimal in most people. what sort of side effects did you have. i wonder if presence of side effects might predict a good response. all best wishes,
Michael Jenike, MD
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