Symmetrel (Amantadine)

Symmetrel is an antiviral medication that is used for treating viral infections in the body. It may also be used for other purposes such as reducing the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

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How it works

Symmetrel works by increasing the production of dopamine in the body. It also blocks acetylcholine receptors.

Guidelines for Usage

Follow the dosage instructions provided by your doctor or as mentioned in the instruction booklet/product label.

You may take it with or without food with a full glass of water.

Take care that you swallow the tablet whole without breaking, crushing or chewing it unless you have been advised accordingly.

Doctors recommend that you swallow the whole tablet/capsules with a glass of water unless it is specified that it can be broken or chewed.

NOTE: Use only if prescribed to you and intended for your use. Do not share with others.

Missed Dose

It is common for people to forget their dosage times and miss doses.

Do not panic if you have missed a dose.

Instead, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the scheduled time. Do not double up or take more than what the doctor has prescribed.

How and where do i store Symmetrel

The medicine label contains detailed instructions regarding safe storage of the medication. Most medicines are best stored at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Some medications may require to be refrigerated. Please check the product label.

Keep it away from the reach of children. Ensure that it is not exposed to direct sunlight or moisture.

Ask your pharmacist about safely disposing off medication that is past expiry date.

Overdose Information

If you accidentally consume more medication than what was prescribed, then contact an emergency healthcare center immediately.
Safety Information/ Warning Precautions

Discuss your medical history with your healthcare provider before you start using any new medication.

Ensure that you mention the following:

• Any prior serious ailment, lifestyle disease or surgery
• All the prescription drugs, OTC health supplements, herbal supplements that you are using currently
• Your alcohol intake and whether you smoke or not
• Any history of a known allergic reaction to prescription drugs or food

• You have epilepsy or other seizure disorder; congestive heart failure; kidney disease; liver disease;

• You have low blood pressure or fainting; eczema; glaucoma; or a history of mental illness, suicide attempt, or drug/alcohol addiction.

This will allow your healthcare provider to prescribe the apt dosage of the medication for you.

To be avoided

You must avoid using Symmetrel if it you are allergic to any ingredient in it or if you have received a nasal flu vaccine (FluMist) within the past 14 days.

Using Alcohol

Symmetrel is known to cause drowsiness or dizziness. Your vision may be blurred and your judgement affected if you consume alcohol with this medication. So, avoid using alcohol while using the drug.

These effects may also get aggravated due to hot weather or fever or severe exercise. So, be cautious when you stand up after a long time from a sitting or lying position. If you feel giddy then lie down immediately and seek medical help.

Additional Information

Symmetrel is known to increase the urge to gamble in people. So, please keep this in mind.

Some patients have an increased risk of developing melanoma or skin cancer. This risk is higher in people suffering from Parkinsons. Discuss these risks with your doctor before starting treatment with Symmetrel.

Information for Pregnant Women Symmetrel

The Drug is categorized under FDA pregnancy category C

Discuss the potential risks with your healthcare provider before using the medication.

Certain medications may be found in breast milk so speak to your child’s doctor to rule out any possibilities of risk.
Side Effects

Report the following side effects to your doctor only if they become bothersome or do not stop on their own

• Dizziness, drowsiness, headache; sleep problems (insomnia), strange dreams; feeling nervous; nausea, diarrhea, constipation, loss of appetite; dry mouth, dry nose; or loss of balance or coordination.

The following side effects require immediate medical attention. So report these to your doctor immediately.

• Feeling short of breath, even with mild exertion; swelling, rapid weight gain; feeling depressed, agitated, or aggressive; behavior changes, hallucinations, thoughts of hurting yourself; urinating less than usual or not at all; high fever, stiff muscles, confusion, sweating, fast or uneven heartbeats, rapid breathing, feeling like you might pass out; restless muscle movements in your eyes, tongue, jaw, or neck; or tremor (uncontrolled shaking).