Amantadine Antiviral Drug

By Olivia Andrews Published 01/23/2007 | Health

Amantadine is an antiviral drug. It is used to prevent or treat certain influenza infection. Amantadine will not work for colds, other types of flu, or other virus infection. It is also given as an adjunct for the treatment of Parkinson's disease. It has been demonstration that this medication, through some unknown mechanism, is sometimes effective in relieving in multiple sclerosis.

In deciding to use a medicine, the side effect of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This will help you and your doctor to make sure that you are fit to take this medication.

Before you start with this medication, tell your doctor if you have ever any unusual or allergic reaction to amantadine. Also, tell if you have nay other allergy related to foods, preservation, or dyes. In case if you are pregnant or breast-feeding inform you doctor. Amantadine passes into breast milk. However, the effect of amantadine in newborn babies and infants are not seen. Your doctor may suggest taking some other pills or stopping breast-feeding during your treatment.

In case you are taking some other medication then it should be stop because in other cases two medicine may be used together even if an interaction might occur while taking amantadine. Your doctor may want to change the dose or other precaution may be necessary. When you are taking amantadine, it is especially important that your health care professional must know all your health history.

The adverse reaction that may go away as your body adjusts to the medication and do not require medical attention unless they continue or are bothersome difficulty concentrating, dizziness, headache, irritability. Loss of appetite, nausea, nervousness, purplish red, net-like, blotchy spots on skin, trouble, sleeping, constipation, dryness of mouth, vomiting.

In case, you found some serous health problem report as soon as possible to your physician. Since it might be difficult to know certain common symptoms of MS and some side effects of amantadine.

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Olivia Andrews, writing is a freelance journalist and has written many reviews on subjects such as finance, education, health, entertainment, music, gifts, crafts, travel, apparels, and mobile phones.