Generic Symmetrel (Amantadine) 100 mg
Symmetrel is an antiviral medication used to prevent or treat certain flu infections. Symmetrel/Amantadine blocks the action of viruses in your body. This drug is also used to treat Parkinson’s disease and “Parkinson-like” symptoms, including stiffness and tremors.
Dosage and direction
Take orally with a full glass of water or food/milk. Swallow whole, do not crush. Use Symmetrel at the same time each day for best results. The usual dose of Symmetrel is 100 to 200 mg per day, depending on body weight. Also, the recommended dose for adults varies depending on the condition being treated:
- Treatment of Parkinson’s disease:
the recommended starting dose for adults is 100 mg once daily. After one or several weeks, it can increase to 100 mg twice a day.
- Treatment and prevention of influenza A infections:
the recommended dose for adults and children over 13 years of age is 200 mg per day. For children 9-12 years old, the recommended dose is 100 mg twice a day. For children from 1 to 12 years old, the dose is prescribed taking into account the child’s body weight.
- To prevent infection with influenza A:
Symmentrel should be taken before or after contact with an infected person and continued for 10 days after contact.
Note: This guide is presented here for reference only. It is absolutely necessary to consult a doctor before use. This will help you get the best results.
Suicide attempts and death have been reported in patients treated with Symmetrel. Suicidal attempts and ideation were reported in patents with and without a history of psychiatric illness. Symtremel may exacerbate symptoms in patients with psychiatric disorders or a history of substance abuse. Patients with a history of epilepsy, as well as patients with congestive heart failure, peripheral edema, eczematoid rash, or impaired renal function should be closely monitored. Do not use in patients with untreated angle-closure glaucoma. Patients should be closely monitored after discontinuing or reducing the dose of Cimetrel, as some cases of neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) have been reported. NMS is a life-threatening syndrome characterized by fever, muscle stiffness, involuntary movements, altered consciousness, altered mental status, and increased heart rate and blood pressure changes. Do not drink alcohol while taking Symmetrel. Amantadine should not be used during pregnancy, during pregnancy or during lactation without consulting a doctor. Do not use Symmetrel before breastfeeding without a doctor’s advice.
Symmetrel cannot be used by people with hypersensitivity to any of the components of this drug. Contraindicated in persons suffering from convulsions, or if you have a history of stomach ulcer, severe kidney disease. Contraindicated during pregnancy.
Symmetrel is an amantadine-based drug used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. It is also prescribed as an antiviral medicine. Symmetrel can be purchased at a pharmacy (or ordered online) only as directed by your doctor. It has performed well both as an independent medicine and as part of combination therapy. Symmetrel (Amantadine) provides rapid relief and slows down the degenerative changes seen in Parkinson’s disease.
What is Parkinson’s disease?
Parkinson’s disease is an incurable, slow-onset disease that mainly affects people over 55 (but younger people are also affected). It occurs due to the destruction of neurons in the brain, which leads to a number of characteristic symptoms:
• movements are impaired;
• uncontrollable trembling appears at rest;
• muscles become stiff;
• facial expression changes (the corners of the lips droop, the face resembles a mask);
• chronic constipation appears;
• blood circulation is impaired;
• uncontrolled release of saliva in large quantities appears;
• sleep becomes restless (with possible self-injury);
• the sense of smell is lost;
• posture changes, as a result of which the body becomes unstable.
How does the development of the disease differ between young and elderly people?
In young people, the disease progresses more rapidly than in older people. The first signs of pathology are involuntary and rather unpleasant muscle contractions in the shoulders and feet, which then become very painful. This condition can be confused with joint pain, however, when using special painkillers and ointments, the pain intensifies.
Elderly people often have no idea about the disease for years, which makes further treatment difficult, because the earlier the pathology is detected, the greater the chance of prolonging the patient’s life and improving its quality. Typically, in older people, manifestations begin with a change in gait, it becomes shuffling and mincing. Heart problems may begin, in particular, pressure surges are noted with different body positions.
Drug and surgical therapies are used to control symptoms and degenerative changes in the brain. This allows a person not to lose his legal capacity.
What reasons lead to the development of the disease?
The causes of Parkinson’s disease have not been fully established. Scientists believe that the decisive factor is genetic predisposition (about 15% of patients have relatives with this disease), and the negative impact of the environment:
• exposure to background radiation;
• contacts with toxic substances and salts of heavy metals;
• strong stress factors.
During the normal course of aging, some changes occur in the brain: the number of neurons decreases with the appearance of pathological protein formations in them – Lewy bodies. In addition, the production of dopamine decreases and the number of dopamine receptors decreases, and the production of the enzyme tyrosine hydroxylase decreases. In Parkinson’s disease, these processes occur much more intensely. This leads to the rapid development of dementia (senile dementia).
In addition, the following factors can lead to the development of Parkinson’s disease:
• chronic cerebrovascular insufficiency;
• use of drugs that cause extrapyramidal side effects.
People who smoke have a risk of developing Parkinson’s that is almost 3 times lower than those who do not smoke. This led scientists to suggest that this indicator is associated with the ability of nicotine to stimulate the production of dopamine. Caffeine also has a positive effect by increasing the number of dopamine receptors.
How does Symmetrel help with Parkinson’s disease?
The mechanism of the therapeutic action of Symmetrel is explained by the fact that it stimulates the release of dopamine from neuronal depots and increases the sensitivity of dopaminergic receptors. Thus, even with a decrease in the formation of dopamine in the basal ganglia, conditions are created for the normalization of the neurophysiological processes occurring in them.
Symmetrel is effective mainly in rigid and akinetic forms of Parkinson’s disease.
How to take Symmetrel correctly?
Symmetrel is recommended to be taken after meals, starting with a small dose of the drug, with its gradual increase. The standard scheme is:
• 0.05-0.1 g twice a day;
• 0.05-0.1 g 3-4 times a day (no more than 0.4 g);
The course lasts 2-4 months.
Who should not take Symmetrel?
Symmetrel is well tolerated by most patients, but should be avoided if you have the following conditions:
• individual sensitivity to the drug;
• history of severe mental illness;
• autoimmune damage to the thyroid gland;
• insufficiency of liver or kidney function;
• pregnancy and lactation period.
Symmetrel should be taken with some caution by people who suffer from cardiovascular diseases (in particular high blood pressure), moderate mental disorders, liver and kidney diseases, and allergic reactions. In such situations, the advisability of taking it, as well as the selection of the dosage of the drug Symmetrel, is determined by the attending physician, and the best cost.
What side effects may occur while taking Symmetrel?
Since the drug affects the functioning of the brain, most side effects arise from the central nervous system.
• sleep problems;
• increased level of anxiety;
• decreased visual acuity;
• visual hallucinations.
Symmetrel may worsen heart and circulatory problems and cause digestive problems. Other negative manifestations include problems with the genitourinary system (urinary retention, frequent urination, swelling), allergic reactions and changes in the color of the skin of the extremities.
Where can I buy Symmetrel cheap?
In our online pharmacy you can buy/order by mail a high-quality generic equivalent of Symmetrel. It has properties similar to the original drug, but its price is much lower.
You can easily and quickly order this drug over-the-counter and you do not need a prescription from your doctor.