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What is amantadine?

What is amantadine?

Duel Purpose: Amantadine is a medication approved to treat the flu and is used as an anti-parkinson agent. There are a number of psychiatric side effects including psychosis, suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety, hallucinations and confusion. Recent evidence suggests it is not as effective as previously reported in the treatment of the flu or in reducing parkinson's symptoms. ...Read more

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What is amantadine used for?

What is amantadine used for?

Amantadine: used as an antiviral and antiparkinson's drug for info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amantadine ...Read more

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Does amantadine bring on euphoria?

Does amantadine bring on euphoria?

Possibly: Amantadine is a medication approved to treat the flu and is used as an anti-parkinson agent. There are a number of psychiatric side effects including psychosis, suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety, hallucinations and confusion. With so many psychiatric side effects one might interpret a person becoming euphoric. Recent evidence suggests it is not as effective as previously reported. ...Read more

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What is the combined effect of amantadine and cyproheptadine?

What is the combined effect of amantadine and cyproheptadine?

Caution advised...: The combination of amantadine and Cyproheptadine may cause increased anticholinergic adverse effects. Use with caution. ...Read more

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Can you use amantadine for fatique ( ms)?

Can you use amantadine for fatique ( ms)?

Yes: I have used it for many years with many patients suffering not just from MS, but other CNS and even chronic inflamatory illnesses (RA / SLE) with any slowed processing. May also improve executive functioning in some individuals. Be aware of rare corneal edema cases. ...Read more

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Can amantadine cause obsessive compulsive behaviour?

Can amantadine cause obsessive compulsive behaviour?

Not typically: Amantadine is used to treat parkinsons and infections. It can increase anxiety but there is no established or direct link to obsessive compuslive disorder per the literature. Please refer to this: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0000564/. ...Read more

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How effective is amantadine for treating Parkinson's disease?

Does help: But amantadine is truly an adjunctive drug which does NOT supplant L-DOPA or dopamine agonists, and is only infrequently used these days. Benefits are minimal and often very insufficient. ...Read more

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Amantadine, low dose (25-50mgs), for cfs/me? Works/ doesn't/unknown?

Amantadine, low dose (25-50mgs), for cfs/me?  Works/ doesn't/unknown?

It is rarely helpful: There are some theoretical reasons why it can help and anecdotal evidence for its utilization although amantadine is a relatively challenging medicine to both tolerate as a patient and dose as a clinician so it requires a lot of fine tuning to be a useful intervention. I would talk with your prescribing doctor about how it makes you feel and i hope it could be a useful treatment approach for you! ...Read more

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Is it okay to take anti-viral amantadine for a common cold that has lasted more than a month?

Is it okay to take anti-viral amantadine for a common cold that has lasted more than a month?

Cold: If you have cold symptoms which have lasted more than a month, you should see a doctor and be evaluated. It may be nothing much but maybe it is something more than a cold or series of colds dragging on. ...Read more