Amantadine is a prescription drug. It is indicated for the treatment of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and Parkinson-like symptoms. Parkinson’s disease is a condition that causes difficulties with muscle control, movement and balance. It may also be used for purposes as determined by your physician.
Amantadine can control the movement problems associated with Parkinson’s disease. It can also control the side effects of other medications known as extrapyramidal reactions. It is also prescribed by doctors for the prevention of influenza symptoms and for the treatment of respiratory infections due to influenza A virus.
Amantadine belongs to the class of drug known as Adamantanes. It is approved by the U.S. FDA for both as an anti-parkinsonian and anti-viral medication. For viral infections, it works by stopping the growth of the influenza A virus. For treating Parkinson’s disease, it increases the effects of dopamine in the brain. People with Parkinson’s disease usually have low levels of dopamine.
How to use Amantadine?
Take this drug exactly as prescribed or you may follow the directions on the medication guide. This medication comes in a capsule, tablet and liquid forms.
Influenza A virus:
The usual recommended dose is 200 mg or four teaspoons once a day for teens. For an older adults, their dose is 100mg once a day. Children 9 to 12 years of ages, the recommended dose are two teaspoons of Amantadine, two times a day. While children ages 1 to 9, their dose is based on weight. The recommended dose is 4.4 to 8.8 mg per kilogram.
The recommended dose for an adult is 100 mg two times a day. For older adult, their dose is 100 mg once a day but their doctor may adjust their dose.
What are the Side effects of Amantadine?
Common side effects are:
Serious side effects are:
Call your doctor in case of serious side effects.