Generic Name: Rimantadine (ri MAN ta deen)
Brand Name: Flumadine
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jun 6, 2019.
Uses of Flumadine:
- It is used to treat or prevent influenza A.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Flumadine?
- If you have an allergy to rimantadine or any other part of Flumadine (rimantadine).
- If you are breast-feeding. Do not breast-feed while you take Flumadine (rimantadine).
This medicine may interact with other drugs or health problems.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Flumadine (rimantadine) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Flumadine?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take Flumadine (rimantadine). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- This medicine is not to be taken in place of a flu shot. If your doctor told you to get the flu shot, you need to get it.
- This medicine does not treat the common cold.
- This medicine does not stop the spread of the flu to others.
- Talk with your doctor before getting a flu vaccine after taking Flumadine (rimantadine). Talk with your doctor before you take Flumadine (rimantadine) if you have just gotten a flu vaccine.
- If you are 65 or older, use Flumadine (rimantadine) with care. You could have more side effects.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Flumadine (rimantadine) while you are pregnant.
How is this medicine (Flumadine) best taken?
Use Flumadine (rimantadine) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Keep taking Flumadine (rimantadine) as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
- To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
- Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
- A liquid (suspension) can be made if you cannot swallow pills. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
- If a liquid (suspension) is made, shake well before use.
- Measure liquid doses carefully. Use the measuring device that comes with Flumadine (rimantadine). If there is none, ask the pharmacist for a device to measure Flumadine (rimantadine).
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
What are some other side effects of Flumadine?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
How do I store and/or throw out Flumadine?
All dose forms:
- Store at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away any part not used after 2 weeks.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Flumadine (rimantadine), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
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- Drug class: adamantane antivirals