Symmetrel, also called Amantadine, is the medicine for the treatment of flu and in dealing with the Parkinson’s disease. The biological half-life of this medication is approximately 20 hours.
As a Parkinson’s drug, the medication acts by increasing the production of dopamine and preventing the reuptake of dopamine.
As a flu medication, Symmetrel’s mechanism of action is yet unknown. However, it is expected to prevent the viral cells from reproducing. The dose is prescribed according to the severity of your state.
People with the Parkinson’s disease have the impaired motor functions, and using this medicine works like a stimulant for them. The antiviral drugs may also be intended for the treatment of influenza.
The medicine has proven to be effective in the treatment of disseminated sclerosis. Patients can use Symmetrel after finding out the proper dosage and duration of treatment.
Symmetrel can be used for treatment of diseases for which the symptoms may be relieved with this drug.
You should take Symmetrel strictly according to the doctor’s prescription.
You must not change the dose or stop using the medicine before completing the course, even if you note the improvement, as in this case, your disease won’t be cured completely.
For the patients with Parkinson’s, the drug dose may be adjusted now and then to achieve the maximum benefit.
The medicine can be used for the treatment of viruses, but not the infections caused by bacteria. Take the drug on a regular basis to achieve the best results.
Some minor adverse effects that happen frequently, include:
If you note any of the following serious side reactions, you should contact your doctor at once.
The medicine shouldn’t be used in patients having any major disease with symptoms similar to the adverse effects of the medication. Don’t start using Symmetrel before undergoing a proper physical assessment.
As Symmetrel acts as a stimulant, other drugs with similar stimulant properties must not be taken together with this antiviral medicine.
Consuming alcohol during the treatment with Symmetrel can enhance the risk of adverse effects. You must avoid engaging in any activity, which requires high concentration or operating heavy machinery.
There are other medicines, which may interact negatively with Amantadine, which may be prevented by informing your doctor about every medicine you’re currently taking.