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Drug Information For:
FLUMADINE 50MG/5ML SYRUP
Ingredient Name:RIMANTADINE (ri-MAN-ta-deen)
Common Uses:This medicine is an antiviral agent used to treat or prevent certain types of flu in adults. It is also used to prevent certain types of flu in children. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Before Using This Medicine:Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with this medicine. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR CONDITION may be needed if you are taking acetaminophen or aspirin. DO NOT START OR STOP any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, including a history of liver problems, kidney problems, seizures, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. Tell your doctor if you will be receiving a live nasal flu vaccine, or have received one within the past 14 days. Tell your doctor if you have taken any adamantane medicine (eg, amantadine) for the flu and it has not worked. This medicine should not be used to treat the flu in CHILDREN younger than 17 years old or used to prevent the flu in children younger than 1 year old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about using this medicine.
How to Use This Medicine:Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. This medicine works best if it is taken within 48 hours of when your flu symptoms begin. BEGIN TAKING THIS MEDICINE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Use a measuring device marked for medicine dosing. Ask your pharmacist for help if you are unsure of how to measure this dose. This medicine may be taken on an empty stomach or with food. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature at 77 degrees C (25 degrees C), in a tightly-closed container, away from heat and light. Brief storage between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted.TO CLEAR UP YOUR INFECTION COMPLETELY, continue taking this medicine for the full course of treatment even if you feel better in a few days. Do not miss any doses. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, 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.
Cautions:DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE IF you are allergic to any ingredient in this medicine or to any adamantane medicine (eg, amantadine). THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE DIZZINESS OR DROWSINESS. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use this medicine with caution. DO NOT DRIVE OR PERFORM OTHER POSSIBLY UNSAFE TASKS until you know how you react to it. THIS MEDICINE ONLY WORKS AGAINST CERTAIN TYPES of the flu; it does not treat other viral infections (eg, the common cold) or infections caused by bacteria. BE SURE TO USE THIS MEDICINE 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 this medicine 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 this medicine. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINES, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. USE THIS MEDICINE WITH CAUTION IN THE ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially dizziness, headache, anxiety, weakness, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain. FOR WOMEN: IF YOU BECOME PREGNANT, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using this medicine while you are pregnant. IT IS NOT KNOWN IF THIS MEDICINE IS FOUND in breast milk. DO NOT BREAST-FEED while taking this medicine.
Possible Side Effects:SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while you are taking this medicine include dizziness; dry mouth; headache; loss of appetite; nausea; nervousness; stomach pain; tiredness; trouble sleeping; vomiting; or weakness. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience confusion; depression; fast or irregular heartbeat; hallucinations; seizures; swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet; tremor; or trouble walking. AN ALLERGIC REACTION to this medicine is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue. This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your healthcare provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Overdose:If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Additional Information:DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. CHECK WITH YOUR PHARMACIST about how to dispose of unused medicine.
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