Help relieve pain with Amantadine HCI. Not only has this prescription medication been used to treat pain, but it may also be prescribed as an antiviral agent. More specifically, Amantadine HCI may be used for the treatment of arthritis and neuropathic pain due to nerve injury. Customers may receive this drug under the name Symmetrel.
Amantadine hydrochloride capsules are indicated for the treatment of infection caused by various strains of influenza A virus. These capsules are also indicated in the treatment of parkinsonism and drug-induced extrapyramidal reactions.
Possible Side Effects
Possible side effects of amantadine may include flatulence, diarrhea and agitation. Taking this medication with antihistamines may also lead to difficulty urinating, dry mouth and an increased heart rate.
Drug & Food Interactions
Careful observation is required when amantadine is administered concurrently with central nervous system stimulants. Agents with anticholinergic properties may potentiate the anticholinergic-like side effects of amantadine. Coadministration of thioridazine has been reported to worsen the tremor in elderly pets with Parkinson’s disease, however, it is not known if other phenothiazines produce a similar response.
This medication should not be used in pets with kidney disease, behavioral disorders, seizure disorders, liver disease or congestive heart disease. Pets who are pregnant, nursing or with untreated glaucoma should not take Amantadine. Thiazide diuretics may decrease the excretion of this medication. This prescription medication should not be taken with the antibiotic Trimethoprim-sulfa or the heart medication quinidine.
This drug is FDA-approved for human use. However, it is common practice for veterinarians to prescribe such drugs for use in dogs and cats.
NOTE: For Generic Medications, picture displayed may not depict actual product. Generic medications may vary from one order to the next by size, color and shape depending on manufacturer. Customers may receive the same drug under the names Symmetrel.
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