What is Amantadine and what is it used for:
Amantadine is an antiviral medication and an antiparkinsonian agent. It is used to treat and prevent respiratory tract infections caused by the influenza A virus. It is also used to treat Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders, such as drug-induced extrapyramidal reactions.
How to take Amantadine:
Amantadine is taken orally, usually once or twice daily, with or without food. The dosage and duration of treatment will depend on the individual's condition and response to treatment. It is important to follow your doctor's instructions carefully.
Possible side effects of Amantadine:
Amantadine may cause some side effects, including:
Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
Loss of appetite
Lightheadedness or dizziness
Insomnia or nightmares
Confusion or hallucinations
Blurred vision or other vision changes
Skin rash or itching
If any of these side effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor immediately. Seek emergency medical attention if you experience any signs of an allergic reaction, such as hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Precautions and warnings for Amantadine:
Before taking Amantadine, inform your doctor if you have any medical conditions, such as kidney disease or congestive heart failure. Amantadine may interact with certain medications, including other antiviral medications and medications that affect the central nervous system. It is important to inform your doctor of all medications and supplements you are taking.
Amantadine may also cause drowsiness, dizziness, or blurred vision, which can impair your ability to drive or operate machinery. Avoid these activities until you know how Amantadine affects you.
It is important to attend regular doctor appointments and report any new or worsening symptoms to your healthcare provider while taking Amantadine.