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Use of akatinol memantine for the treatment of Korsakoff's syndrome: a clinical case

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Approaches to treating cognitive-amnestic disorders of various origins, including Korsakoff's syndrome (KS), are currently being actively elaborated. KS is manifested by severe memory impairment, leading to disability. It is quite common in alcohol abusers. There is still no proven effective treatment for KS. In view of the fact that studies on the treatment of KS have been very few, there are no clear recommendations for its most effective treatment. There has been evidence that in addition to thiamine deficiency, the toxic effect of glutamate that is actively released through binding to NMDA receptors during the ethanol withdrawal period is the basis for KS development. Memantine, a noncompetitive NMDA receptor antagonist, has recently been used successfully to treat KS. The paper describes a clinical case of a 55-year-old patient with KS treated with akatinol memantine, in which the latter has demonstrated its high efficacy and good tolerance. Analysis of the data available in the literature and the presented clinical case suggest that it is advisable to prescribe memantine for patients with alcohol-related memory impairment.

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N. A. Tyuvina
I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University (Sechenov University), Ministry of Health of Russia
Russian Federation

11, Rossolimo St., Build. 9, Moscow 119021

T. N. Maksimova
I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University (Sechenov University), Ministry of Health of Russia
Russian Federation

11, Rossolimo St., Build. 9, Moscow 119021

S. V. Prokhorova
I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University (Sechenov University), Ministry of Health of Russia
Russian Federation

Svetlana Vladimirovna Prokhorova

Department of Psychiatry and Narcology

11, Rossolimo St., Build. 9, Moscow 119021

V. O. Vysokova
I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University (Sechenov University), Ministry of Health of Russia
Russian Federation

11, Rossolimo St., Build. 9, Moscow 119021


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Tyuvina N.A., Maksimova T.N., Prokhorova S.V., Vysokova V.O. Use of akatinol memantine for the treatment of Korsakoff's syndrome: a clinical case. Neurology, Neuropsychiatry, Psychosomatics. 2020;12(6):124-130. (In Russ.)

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