Flumadine

Generic Name: Rimantadine

  • What is Flumadine?

    Flumadine is used to prevent and treat influenza A, a viral infection.
  • What is the most important information I should know about Flumadine?

    Be sure to use Flumadine for the full course of treatment. Your symptoms may start to improve before the infection is completely treated. The virus could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future.

    Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to Flumadine; this medicaiton may cause dizziness or drowsiness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines.

    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 Flumadine 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 Flumadine.

    Use Flumadine with caution if you have a history of epilepsy or a seizure episode in the past. There have been some reports of seizure-like activity in patients with a history of seizures that were not on an anticonvulsant medication while taking Flumadine.

  • Who should not take Flumadine?

    Do not take Flumadine if you are sensitive to the drug or to amantadine.
  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Flumadine?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medication you are taking before beginning treatment with Flumadine. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have epilepsy or any other seizure disorder, or if you have kidney or liver disease. In addition, tell your doctor if you have received a live nasal flu vaccine within the past 14 days.
  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Prevention of Influenza A

    Adults and children 10 years and older: The recommended dose is 100 milligrams (mg) taken 2 times a day.

    Children younger than 10 years old: The daily recommended dose is 5 mg per 2.2 pounds (lb) of body weight. The daily dose should not exceed 150mg.

    Treatment of Influenza A

    Adults and children 10 years and older: The recommended dose is 100 mg taken 2 times a day, continued for 7 days after you start feeling ill. Flumadine therapy should be initiated as soon as possible, preferably within 48 hours after onset of signs and symptoms of influenza A infection.

    In patients with severe liver dysfunction, kidney failure, and those who are elderly a dose reduction to 100mg daily is recommended.

  • How should I take Flumadine?

    Take Flumadine exactly as directed by your doctor. Flumadine may be taken with or without food.

    If you are taking Flumadine 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 Flumadine for the full course of treatment. Do not miss any doses..

  • What should I avoid while taking Flumadine?

    Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Flumadine may cause dizziness.

    Be sure to use Flumadine for the full course of treatment. Your symptoms may start to improve before the infection is completely treated.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Flumadine?

    If Flumadine is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Flumadine with acetaminophen, aspirin, cimetidine, and live influenza virus vaccine.
  • What are the possible side effects of Flumadine?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: abdominal pain, difficulty falling or staying asleep, dizziness, dry mouth, feeling tired or weak, headache, loss of appetite, nausea, nervousness, vomiting

  • Can I receive Flumadine if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Flumadine during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. Do not breastfeed while taking Flumadine.
  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Flumadine?

    Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take 2 doses at once.
  • How should I store Flumadine?

    Store Flumadine 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 Flumadine out of the reach of children..