Description and Brand Names

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US Brand Name

  1. Symmetrel

Descriptions


Amantadine is an antiviral medicine. It is used to prevent or treat certain influenza (flu) infections (type A). It may be given alone or along with flu shots. Amantadine will not work for colds, other types of flu, or other virus infections.

Amantadine is also an antidyskinetic medicine. It is used to treat Parkinson's disease, which is sometimes called paralysis agitans or shaking palsy. It may be given alone or with other medicines for Parkinson's disease. By improving muscle control and reducing stiffness, this medicine allows more normal movements of the body as the disease symptoms are reduced. Amantadine is also used to treat stiffness and shaking caused by certain medicines that are used to treat nervous, mental, and emotional conditions.

Amantadine is available only with your doctor's prescription.

Once a medicine has been approved for marketing for a certain use, experience may show that it is also useful for other medical problems. Although this use is not included in product labeling, amantadine is used in certain patients with the following medical condition:

  • Unusual tiredness or weakness associated with multiple sclerosis

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Capsule, Liquid Filled
  • Solution
  • Tablet
  • Capsule
  • Syrup