What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking amantadine if you have:
- A psychiatric disorder or a history of substance abuse
- Congestive heart failure (CHF)
- Glaucoma (an eye condition)
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Swelling in the hands, feet, or ankles (edema)
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
- Kidney disease, including kidney failure (renal failure)
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Symmetrel and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Symmetrel and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Amantadine to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
Dosing InformationThe dose of amantadine your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The condition being treated
- Your age
- Your weight (for children)
- Your kidney and liver function
- Other medications you are taking.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Amantadine Dosing for more information.)