Drug Class: What is Symmetrel and why is it prescribed?
Drug Mechanism: How does Symmetrel work?
Dosage: How should you take Symmetrel?
Possible food and drug interactions when taking Symmetrel
Special information on Symmetrel
Symmetrel side effects
|Drug Class: What is Symmetrel and why is it prescribed?|
| Symmetrel is an antiviral medication. It blocks the actions of viruses in your body.
Symmetrel is used to treat and to prevent influenza A (a viral infection).
Symmetrel is also used to treat Parkinson s disease and parkinson-like symptoms such as stiffness and shaking that may be caused by the use of certain drugs. How Symmetrel works in these conditions is unknown.
|Drug Mechanism: How does Symmetrel work?|
|Symmetrel is a synthetic (man-made) anti-viral drug that can inhibit the replication of viruses in cells. To prevent a viral infection, the drug should be present before exposure to the virus. Clearly, this is not practical for most viral infections. It was initially used to prevent influenza A during flu season, and, if given within 24 to 48 hours of the onset of flu symptoms, to decrease the severity of the flu. Later Symmetrel was found to cause improvement in the symptoms of Parkinson s disease. Symmetrel s mechanism of action in Parkinsons|
|Dosage: How should you take Symmetrel?|
| Take Symmetrel exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand the directions on your prescription bottle, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
Take each Symmetrel dose with a full glass of water.
To ensure that you get a correct dose, measure the liquid form of Symmetrel with a special dose-measuring spoon or cup, not with a regular tablespoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
If you are taking Symmetrel to treat influenza A, take all
|Possible food and drug interactions when taking Symmetrel|
| Other drugs that stimulate your central nervous system, such as caffeine, diet pills, and decongestants, may increase the side effects from Symmetrel. Do not take any prescription or over-the-counter medicines for weight loss, for colds, for allergies, or to help you stay awake without first talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
Tell your doctor if you are taking a diuretic (water pill). You may need special monitoring during your therapy.
Phenothiazines used to treat emotional disorders, such as chlorpromazine (Thorazine) and thioridazine (Mellaril), may increase
|Special information on Symmetrel|
Before taking Symmetrel, tell your doctor if you have
Symmetrel is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether it will harm
|Symmetrel side effects|
If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking Symmetrel and seek emergency medical attention:
Other, less serious side
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