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|Foreign Brand Names|
|Endantadine® (Canada); PMS-Amantadine (Canada)|
Anti-Parkinson's Agent (Dopamine Agonist); Antiviral Agent|
|Reasons not to take this medicine|
- If you have an allergy to amantadine or any other part of the
|What is this medicine used for?|
- This medicine is used for the treatment of Parkinson's disease.
- It is also used to prevent or treat influenza
|How does it work?|
- As an antiviral, amantadine prevents the virus's activity in you.
- When used in Parkinson's disease, it causes an increase of a chemical
called dopamine in the brain.
|How is it best taken?|
- Take with or without food. Take with food if this medicine causes an
- Take early in the day to avoid sleep problems. Take at least 4 hours
- May sprinkle contents of capsule on food.
- A liquid (syrup) is available if you cannot swallow pills. Those who
have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and
after medicine is given.
|What do I do if I miss a dose?|
- Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
- If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to
your regular schedule.
- Do not take a double dose or extra doses.
- Do not change dose or stop taking medicine without talking with
healthcare provider. Stopping this medicine could worsen Parkinson's
|What are the precautions when taking this
- If you are 65 or older, you may have more side effects. You could feel
sleepy and shaky.
- You may not be alert. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or activities
until you see how this medicine affects you.
- Avoid alcohol (includes wine, beer, and liquor) and other medicines
and herbs that slow your actions and reactions. This includes sedatives,
tranquilizers, mood stabilizers, or pain medicine. Talk with healthcare
- Use care if you have a seizure history or history of mental problems.
Talk with healthcare provider.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make
sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling
about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of
face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other symptoms involved.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting
- Tell healthcare provider if you are
|What are the common side effects of this
- Feeling lightheaded or dizzy. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or
activities that require you to be alert until you see how this medicine affects
- Inability to sleep. Take at least 4 hours before bedtime.
- Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking
hard candy, or chewing gum may
|What should I monitor?|
- Follow up with healthcare
|Reasons to call healthcare provider
- Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing;
tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits;
swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Changes in balance, feeling shaky or unsteady.
- Changes in thinking clearly and logically.
- Severe nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea.
- Any rash.
|How should I store this medicine?|
- Store in a tight container at room temperature.
- Do not freeze syrup.
- Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
- Keep a list of all your (prescription, herbal/supplements, vitamins,
over-the-counter) medicines with you. Give this list to healthcare provider
(doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
- Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine,
including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs,
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