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Gocovri

Generic Name: Amantadine Extended-Release Capsules (a MAN ta deen)
Brand Name: Gocovri

Medically reviewed on Sep 5, 2018

Uses of Gocovri:

  • It is used to treat Parkinson's disease.
  • It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Gocovri?

  • If you have an allergy to amantadine or any other part of Gocovri (amantadine extended-release capsules).
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you have kidney problems.
  • If you have glaucoma.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Gocovri (amantadine extended-release capsules).

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 Gocovri (amantadine extended-release capsules) 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 Gocovri?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take Gocovri (amantadine extended-release capsules). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert or have clear eyesight until you see how Gocovri (amantadine extended-release capsules) affects you.
  • To lower the chance of feeling dizzy or passing out, rise slowly if you have been sitting or lying down. Be careful going up and down stairs.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Gocovri (amantadine extended-release capsules).
  • Heat stroke has happened in people taking Gocovri (amantadine extended-release capsules). Be careful in hot weather and during physical activity.
  • If you have kidney problems, talk with your doctor. Your dose may need to be changed based on how well your kidneys work. Deaths have happened in people with kidney problems whose dose was too high for their kidney function.
  • Some people have fallen asleep during activities like driving, eating, or talking. Some people did not feel sleepy and felt alert right before falling asleep. This has happened up to 1 year after Gocovri (amantadine extended-release capsules) was started. If you fall asleep during activities, do not drive or do other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert while you take Gocovri (amantadine extended-release capsules). Call your doctor right away if this happens or you feel very sleepy.
  • Deadly overdoses have happened with Gocovri (amantadine extended-release capsules) in adults and children. Keep away from children. Do not take more than you were told. If this drug is taken by accident, call your poison control center or get medical care right away.
  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) is a very bad and sometimes deadly health problem that has happened when Gocovri (amantadine extended-release capsules) was stopped all of a sudden. NMS has also happened when the dose of Gocovri (amantadine extended-release capsules) was lowered. Call your doctor right away if you have any fever, muscle cramps or stiffness, dizziness, very bad headache, confusion, change in thinking, fast heartbeat, heartbeat that does not feel normal, or are sweating a lot.
  • If you are 65 or older, use Gocovri (amantadine extended-release capsules) 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 Gocovri (amantadine extended-release capsules) while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
  • Do not stop taking Gocovri (amantadine extended-release capsules) all of a sudden without calling your doctor. You may have a greater risk of side effects. If you need to stop Gocovri (amantadine extended-release capsules), you will want to slowly stop it as ordered by your doctor.
  • The chance of a type of skin cancer called melanoma may be raised in people with Parkinson's disease. It is not known if Gocovri (amantadine extended-release capsules) may also raise the chance. Have skin exams while you take Gocovri (amantadine extended-release capsules). Talk with your doctor.

How is this medicine (Gocovri) best taken?

Use Gocovri (amantadine extended-release capsules) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Take with or without food.
  • Take at bedtime if taking once a day.
  • Swallow whole. Do not chew or crush.
  • If you cannot swallow the capsule whole, you may open the capsule and mix the contents with soft foods. Do not chew or suck. Swallow right away. Do not store for future use.
  • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
  • Keep taking Gocovri (amantadine extended-release capsules) as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
  • Talk with your doctor before getting a flu vaccine after taking Gocovri (amantadine extended-release capsules). Talk with your doctor before you take Gocovri (amantadine extended-release capsules) if you have just gotten a flu vaccine.
  • Talk with your doctor before you use other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.
  • Do not switch between different forms of Gocovri (amantadine extended-release capsules) without first talking with the doctor.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

For all uses of Gocovri (amantadine extended-release capsules):

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of a urinary tract infection (UTI) like blood in the urine, burning or pain when passing urine, feeling the need to pass urine often or right away, fever, lower stomach pain, or pelvic pain.
  • Change in how you act.
  • Feeling confused.
  • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
  • Hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not there).
  • Seizures.
  • Shortness of breath, a big weight gain, or swelling in the arms or legs.
  • Trouble passing urine.
  • Blurred eyesight.
  • Strong urges that are hard to control (such as eating, gambling, sex, or spending money).
  • Change in balance.
  • Falls.
  • Patients who take Gocovri (amantadine extended-release capsules) may be at a greater risk of having thoughts or actions of suicide. The risk may be greater in people who have had these thoughts or actions in the past. Call the doctor right away if signs like low mood (depression), nervousness, restlessness, grouchiness, panic attacks, or changes in mood or actions are new or worse. Call the doctor right away if any thoughts or actions of suicide occur.

Parkinson's disease:

  • A skin lump or growth.
  • Change in color or size of a mole.

What are some other side effects of Gocovri?

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 any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Upset stomach.
  • Not able to sleep.
  • Dizziness.
  • Headache.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Hard stools (constipation).
  • Not hungry.
  • Anxiety.
  • Feeling sleepy.
  • Strange or odd dreams.
  • Dry nose.
  • Loose stools (diarrhea).
  • Feeling tired or weak.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Gocovri?

  • 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 unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.

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.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Gocovri (amantadine extended-release capsules), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Further information

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