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Medication prescribed:Rimantadine is used to prevent and treat infections caused by influenza A virus. This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How should this medicine be used:Rimantadine comes as a tablet and a liquid to take by mouth. It usually is taken once or twice a day for 2-12 weeks. A flu vaccine also will be given. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take rimantadine exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Special precautions:Before taking rimantadine, tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to rimantadine or any other drugs. tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially acetaminophen, aspirin, cimetidine (Tagamet), and vitamins. tell your doctor if you have or have ever had liver disease, seizures, or blood disorders. tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking rimantadine, call your doctor.
Special dietary instructions:Rimantadine may cause an upset stomach. Take rimantadine with food or milk.
If I forget a dose:Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
What side effects:Although side effects from rimantadine are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away: upset stomach nervousness tiredness difficulty sleeping and concentrating lightheadedness If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately: skin rash yellowing of the skin or eyes mood changes mental confusion vision changes
What storage conditions:Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.
In case of overdose:In case of overdose, call your local poison control center. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.
Other information:Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor will order certain lab tests to check your response to rimantadine. Do not let anyone else take your medication. Your prescription is probably not refillable. If you still have symptoms of infection after you finish the rimantadine, call your doctor.
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