What does amantadine do for a dog?

What does amantadine do for a dog? What is Amantadine? Amantadine is a drug with multiple uses and varied mechanisms of action. It is not licensed for use for pain in dogs but contributes to pain relief by reducing the development of sensitisation to pain in the central nervous system (e.g. brain and spinal cord).

Can I give my dog gabapentin and amantadine together? Amantadine and gabapentin can be administered concurrently.

How long does it take amantadine to take effect in dogs? How long will my pet need to take amantadine? It may take up to 21 days to see beneficial effects so initially your vet will want to treat for a minimum of 3 weeks. At this point treatment may be stopped or continued long-term if it is not possible to cure the source of pain.

What are the side effects of amantadine? 

Amantadine may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
  • dry mouth.
  • constipation.
  • nausea.
  • vomiting.
  • decreased appetite.
  • difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.
  • abnormal dreams.
  • headache.

What does amantadine do for a dog? – Additional Questions

Why was amantadine discontinued?

Official answer. Amantadine is no longer recommended for treatment of flu virus in the United States. It was only effective against influenza A viruses, but for several years, these viruses have been resistant to amantadine. This means the drug doesn’t work well against these flu viruses.

Does amantadine work immediately?

Amantadine starts working to reduce involuntary body movements (dyskinesia) associated with Parkinson’s disease, extrapyramidal symptoms and chorea within 48 hours.

How does amantadine make you feel?

Amantadine may cause some people to be agitated, irritable, or display other abnormal behaviors. It may also cause some people to have suicidal thoughts and tendencies or to become more depressed. Also tell your doctor if you have sudden or strong feelings, such as feeling nervous, angry, restless, violent, or scared.

How long can you take amantadine for?

This medicine should be taken for at least 2 days after all your flu symptoms have disappeared. This medicine works best when there is a constant amount in the blood. To help keep the amount constant, do not miss any doses.

Who should not take amantadine?

The risk is higher in people who take at least one other sedating medication and in people who experience sleep disorders. Anyone with a history of epilepsy or another condition that causes seizures should monitor any change in seizure activity while taking amantadine.

Do side effects of amantadine go away?

Side effects not requiring immediate medical attention

Some side effects of amantadine may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine.

What symptoms does amantadine treat?

Amantadine is an antidyskinetic medicine. It is used to treat Parkinson’s disease (sometimes called “paralysis agitans” or “shaking palsy”) and its symptoms, including dyskinesia (sudden uncontrolled movements). It may be given alone or in combination with other medicines (eg, levodopa) for Parkinson’s disease.

Is amantadine a muscle relaxer?

What is amantadine? Amantadine is used to treat Parkinson’s disease and “Parkinson-like” symptoms such as stiffness or tremors, shaking, and repetitive uncontrolled muscle movements that may be caused by the use of certain drugs. Amantadine is also used to treat or prevent influenza A in adults and children.

Can amantadine be stopped suddenly?

Amantadine should NOT be stopped abruptly if you have been taking it for more than four weeks. What can happen if you stop amantadine abruptly or even reduce your dose rapidly, is that you are at risk of developing serious symptoms that resemble neuroleptic malignant syndrome.