What does Amantadine HCl treat?
Amantadine HCl is an antiviral medication prescribed to treat respiratory tract infection namely flu (influenza A), Parkinson’s disease, drug-induced extrapyramidal reactions due to certain psychiatric drugs and post-herpetic neuralgia. Your physician may use this to treat other ailments based on their discretion.
Follow the Amantadine HCl dosage prescribed by your physician. The dosage could vary based on individual patient requirements. Always follow your physician’s instructions or go by the directions on the prescription drug label. This drug is not recommended for pregnant women and nursing mothers. One must avoid excessive use of alcohol while taking this drug. You can take it with or without food.
Missed a dose?
Take it immediately once you remember. In case, this time falls close to the next dosage, skip it and get back to the prescribed schedule. Never take a double dose unless your physician specifically directs you to do so.
Don’t waste any time and seek immediate medical attention. Overdose symptoms that one may encounter are mental/mood changes, shortness of breath, severe drowsiness, change in the amount of urine, fast or irregular heartbeats, seizures and blurred vision.
Drug interactions must be considered before starting to take any kind of drug. Drug interactions might happen either when Amantadine HCl is taken along with another drug or with particular foods. To prevent any kind of negative interaction, make sure you inform your doctor of any drugs you are taking including non-prescription medication, OTCs, health supplements like vitamins, minerals, herbal medicine, drinks with caffeine and alcohol, illegal drugs, smoking habits and so on which may increase or interfere with the effect of Amantadine HCl.
It may interact with:
It may also interact with certain anticholinergics, antihistamines, psychiatric medicines, certain diuretics, and cough-and-cold products. This is not an exhaustive list though.
Appraise your doctor of any medical conditions that you are suffering from and your family history of medical ailments. It’s important that you do not stop or start taking any medicine without the consent of your physician.
Possible Side Effects
Amantadine HCl might have some side effects but it’s not possible to anticipate them. It does not have any major side effects and the minor ones that may occur are temporary. In rare cases, there might be major side effects and immediate medical attention must be sought.
Some of the side effects could be dry mouth, stomach upset, drowsiness, headache, dizziness, nausea and constipation. Serious side effects are rare but may include depression, mood changes, shortness of breath, muscle spasms, fast heartbeat and swelling of the hands, legs or feet. This is not the complete list though.
In case, there is a change in intensity of side effects or if any new side effects develop, make sure you consult your doctor.
What to ask your doctor before you start on Amantadine HCl
- Can I take Amantadine HCl along with other drugs?
- Are there certain foods, beverages and products to be avoided while on Amantadine HCl?
- What is the dosage of Amantadine HCl to be consumed?
- How should I use Amantadine HCl?
- How will Amantadine HCl work on my body?
- How can the drug interactions and side effects of Amantadine HCl be minimized or completely avoided?
The health and medical information that we have provided are meant to supplement and not substitute the advice of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professionals. This does not suggest that usage of Amantadine HCl is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always ensure that you take this or any other drug only after consulting your physician.