Generic Name: rimantadine (ri-MAN-ta-deen)
Brand Name: Flumadine
Rimantadine syrup is used for:
Preventing and treating certain types of flu in adults. It is also used to prevent certain types of flu in children. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Rimantadine syrup is an antiviral agent. How rimantadine syrup works is not known. It may block reproduction of the virus.
Do NOT use rimantadine syrup if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in rimantadine syrup or to any adamantane medicine (eg, amantadine)
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using rimantadine syrup:
Some medical conditions may interact with rimantadine syrup. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have a history of liver or kidney problems or seizures
- if you will be receiving a live nasal flu vaccine, or have received one within the past 14 days
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with rimantadine syrup. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Acetaminophen or aspirin because they may decrease the amount of rimantadine syrup in your blood
- Cimetidine because it may increase the risk of rimantadine syrup's side effects
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if rimantadine syrup may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use rimantadine syrup:
Use rimantadine syrup as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Rimantadine syrup may be taken with or without food.
- Use a measuring device marked for medicine dosing. Ask your pharmacist for help if you are unsure of how to measure your dose.
- If you are taking rimantadine syrup to treat the flu, start taking it as soon as possible. It works best if you begin taking it within 48 hours after you start having flu symptoms.
- Take rimantadine syrup for the full course of treatment. Do not miss any doses.
- If you miss a dose of rimantadine syrup, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use rimantadine syrup.
Important safety information:
- Rimantadine syrup may cause dizziness or drowsiness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use rimantadine syrup with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- Rimantadine syrup only works against certain types of the flu; it does not treat other viral infections (eg, the common cold).
- Be sure to use rimantadine syrup for the full course of treatment. If you do not, the medicine may not work as well. The virus could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future.
- Check with your doctor if you will be receiving a live nasal flu vaccine or have received one within the past 14 days. You should usually not start taking rimantadine syrup until 2 weeks after you receive a live nasal flu vaccine. You should usually not receive a live nasal flu vaccine within 48 hours after you stop taking rimantadine syrup.
- Use rimantadine syrup with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects. These include dizziness, headache, anxiety, weakness, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain.
- Rimantadine syrup should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 1 year of age; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using rimantadine syrup while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking rimantadine syrup.
Possible side effects of rimantadine syrup:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Dizziness; dry mouth; headache; loss of appetite; nausea; nervousness; stomach pain; tiredness; trouble sleeping; vomiting; weakness.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); confusion; depression; fast or irregular heartbeat; hallucinations; seizures; swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet; tremor; trouble walking.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include agitation; hallucination; irregular heartbeat.Proper storage of rimantadine syrup:
Store rimantadine syrup at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep rimantadine syrup out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about rimantadine syrup, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Rimantadine syrup is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about rimantadine syrup. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.
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- Drug class: adamantane antivirals
Other brands: Flumadine