Amantrel (Amantadine Hydrochloride)
What is Amantrel (Amantadine Hydrochloride) used for?
Amantrel (Amantadine Hydrochloride) is used in the treatment and prevention of a certain strain of flu, known as influenza A. It belongs to a class of drugs known as antiviral medications, which work by blocking the action of viruses in the body. This drug may not always by suitable as certain strains of influenza may be immune to this drug. Apart from treating influenza, this drug is also used to treat Parkinson's disease, and also to reduce shaking and stiffness occurring as a side effect of other drugs.
How should I use Amantrel (Amantadine Hydrochloride)?
Amantrel (Amantadine Hydrochloride) comes in the form of capsules, which are taken orally with or without food. This medication is sometimes taken once or twice daily, however the exact dosage required may vary depending on the condition being treated. Therefore, patients are advised to consult their physician before taking this medication so that the correct dosage can be prescribed. Patients taking this medication to treat a viral infection should continue to take it until they have finished the prescribed amount, even if their symptoms appear to improve.
What are the side effects of Amantrel (Amantadine Hydrochloride)?
Some side effects which may occur as a result of taking Amantrel (Amantadine Hydrochloride) include:
You should immediately consult your physician if any of these side effects persist or worsen, or if you notice other serious side effects, such as changes in mood, weight gain, breathlessness, uncontrolled bodily movements, hallucinations or fever.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Amantrel (Amantadine Hydrochloride). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, especially heart problems, kidney disease or skin conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.