GENERIC NAME: rimantadine
BRAND NAME: Flumadine
DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: 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.
PRESCRIBED FOR: Rimantadine is used for the prevention and treatment of influenza A virus infection in adults and for the prevention of influenza A virus illness in children older than 1 year of age.
SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of rimantadine are:
Other side effects associated with rimantadine are:
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