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- What is rimantadine, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for rimantadine?
- Is rimantadine available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for rimantadine?
- What are the side effects of rimantadine?
- What is the dosage for rimantadine?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with rimantadine?
- Is rimantadine safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about rimantadine?
What is rimantadine, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Rimantadine is a synthetic (man-made) anti-viral drug that can prevent viruses in cells from multiplying. Rimantadine is chemically related to amantadine (Symmetrel), but rimantadine has fewer side effects on the nervous system than amantadine. It is useful in treating and preventing influenza A virus in adults and in preventing influenza A virus in children. However, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that rimantadine should not to be used to replace the annual influenza vaccination. Prolonged and frequent use of rimantadine can cause it to be less effective in its activity against the influenza A virus. Rimantadine is most effective when given within 48 hours of the start of symptoms associated with the influenza A. The FDA approved rimantadine in September 1993.
What brand names are available for rimantadine?
Is rimantadine available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
Do I need a prescription for rimantadine?
What are the side effects of rimantadine?
The most common side effects of rimantadine are:
Other side effects associated with rimantadine are:
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