Active Ingredient: The main active ingredient in the medication is Amantadine Hydrochloride. It is hydrochloride made by combining amantadine and hydrochloric acid in equimolar amounts. It plays the role of a dopamine agonist, an NMDA receptor antagonist, and an antiviral agent.
Symmetrel is an antiviral drug used in the prophylactic or symptomatic treatment of influenza A. The ingredient also used as an antiparkinsonian agent in the treatment of extrapyramidal reactions, and for postherpetic neuralgia.
Indications: The mentioned medicine is helpful to prevent or treat a certain type of flu-like influenza A. This drug is not a vaccine. The active ingredient in the pill is also used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, as well as side effects caused by drugs, chemicals, other medical conditions. It also helps to increase range of motion and the ability to exercise.
Action Mechanism: The given medication is an antiviral medicine, which works by stopping the growth of the flu virus and restoring the balance of natural chemicals like neurotransmitters in the brain.
Dosages: Antiviral medicine Symmetrel is used to prevent and treat flu. The dosage of this pill is as follows:
- 100 mg: This is an oral medication can be taken with or without food, usually once or twice daily as directed by your doctor
Note: Dosage is based on the medical condition and response to therapy. In children, the dosage should be based on body weight. Follow the prescription by the doctor. This medicine should not be used as a substitute for a flu vaccine.
What is Symmetrel?
Symmetrel is an antiviral medicine that blocks the actions of viruses in the body.
What Symmetrel is used for?
Symmetrel treats the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and prevents a type of influenza (“the flu”) caused by Type A influenza virus.
What is the warning while taking Symmetrel?
Do not take more than the recommended dose. An amantadine overdose can be fatal.
What should be discussed with the healthcare provider before taking Symmetrel?
Discuss if have received a nasal flu vaccine (FluMist) within the past 14 days and about medical history.
What should be avoided while taking Symmetrel?
Do not receive a “live” nasal flu vaccine (FluMist) while using Symmetrel, and for at least 48 hours after stopping the medicine.