| Amantadine-Oral |
Amantadine is used to treat or prevent infections of the respiratory tract caused by a certain virus. It acts by slowing the growth of the virus. Amantadine is also used to treat symptoms of Parkinson s disease and to treat the side effects caused by certain psychiatric drugs.
- Store at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture.
- If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
- Symptoms of overdose may include nausea, vomiting, slurred speech, blurred vision, drowsiness, memory loss, depression, excessive excitability, increased sensitivity to the sun, loss of consciousness, fast or irregular heartbeat.
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- Amantadine is best taken on an empty stomach, but may be taken with food or milk if stomach upset occurs.
- Amantadine works best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a constant level.
- Do this by taking the medication at evenly spaced intervals throughout the day and night.
- If you are taking amantadine for a viral infection, begin taking it as soon as possible.
- Continue to take until the full prescribed amount is finished even if symptoms disappear after a few days.
- Stopping the medication too early may result in a relapse of the infection.
- In Parkinson s disease, the effects of the medication may not be apparent for several weeks.
- Do not suddenly stop taking the medication as an increase in symptoms may occur.
- Your doctor may want to reduce your dose gradually.
- If after several months, you notice Amantadine may not be as effective, contact your doctor.
- Tolerance can develop after long-term use.
- Amantadine may cause stomach upset, nausea, drowsiness, constipation, headache, dizziness, anxiety, or purplish-red blotchy spots on the skin during the first few days as your body adjusts to the medication.
- If these symptoms persist or become severe, inform your doctor promptly.
- Notify your doctor if you develop: slurred speech, shortness of breath, swelling of the arms or legs, vision disturbances, difficulty urinating, skin rash, mental/mood changes.
- If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
- Tell your doctor your medical history, including: allergies (especially drug allergies), swelling, heart problems.
- Because Amantadine may cause blurred vision or dizziness, use caution when driving or operating machinery while taking Amantadine.
- Limit use of alcoholic beverages.
- Amantadine should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed.
- Since small amounts of Amantadine do appear in breast milk, consult with your doctor before breast-feeding.
- If you miss a dose, take as soon as remembered; do not take if it is almost time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
- Do not "double-up the dose to catch up.
- Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription drugs you may use, especially of: other drugs used for Parkinson s disease, stimulants (like decongestants commonly found in cough-and-cold products).
- Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.