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A 57-year-old female asked:

is ramantidine used in parkinson's? i know amantidine is, and i heard that ramantidine can replace it if the amantidine was causing se like edema.

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
No: It is not used for Parkinson's. I did a literature search and found it only used for treatment of Influenza type A (limited by wide-spread resistance in the USA) with no indication for the extra-pyramidal symptoms of Parkinson's which IS listed for amantadine. Sorry. (BTW, the preferred spelling is rimantadine although I searched under both spellings).
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Comments: No, as already answered, you cannot get benefit with "ramantidine" in Parkinson's. Amantadine can cause livedo reticularis in about 50% and other side effects can occur. You have lost little if you stop, as this is a modest adjunctive agent. Talk to your doctor about entacapone, and dopamine agonists, and at some point, consider deep brain stimulation if appropriate.

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How can I manage edema?

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Dr. Erin Alward
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Elevate and move: Leg swelling is very common in pregnancy. It can be helped with several things. Elevate your legs whenever possible. Stay well hydrated. Eat healthy. Stretch your legs frequently. Wear comfortable shoes and socks. Some people like the maternity support stockings.
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What is the treatment for edema?

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Dr. Phillip Price
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Need more info: There are to many causes and locations in the body for edema for any meaningful answer to your question.
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Does restrictive stockings work to treat edema?

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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care 38 years experience
Yes: When the legs swell the excess fluid is all concentrated in the skin. By pressing on the skin with compression garments, such as compression stockings, the fluid is encouraged to return to the circulating blood stream where it came from. Compression leggings have been created that wrap around the extremity with velcro closures and function similarly to the stockings with less effort to get on.
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How is edema measured?

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Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 34 years experience
Edema: The only accurate way to measuse edema is by using a tape measure. Swelling in the legs can be measured in this way however, facial swelling could not. Daily body weight is often used as a crude way to monitor edema that cannot be measured accurately.
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What are some possible causes of edema?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Several causes: Edema is fluid in one's tissues (usually the skin) that is outside of one's blood vessels, lymph vessels, and cells. The fluid is "in between" cells and leaked out of the person's blood vessels or lymph vessels. Poor circulation, obstructed veins, standing or sitting too long, thyroid disease, kidney disease, low protein levels, etc., can cause edema (most often noticeable in the legs).

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