Why has my veterinarian prescribed this medicine?

Amantadine is an antiviral agent. It also may be useful to treat chronic pain when administered in combination with other drugs.

How do I give this medication?

  • Give this medication to your pet as directed by your veterinarian. Read the label carefully.
  • If the medicine is a liquid, measure the dose with reasonable care.
  • Try to give this medication at about the same time(s) each day.
  • DO NOT give the pet more medicine than directed.
  • DO NOT give the medicine more often than directed.
  • This medication may take a week or so to be effective.
  • Try not to miss giving any doses.

What do I do if I miss giving a dose?

Give the dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose, and continue with the regular schedule. Do not give the pet two doses at once.

How do I store this medicine?

  • Keep this medicine out of reach of children and other pets.
  • Avoid freezing the liquid.
  • Store this medicine in a cool, dry place at room temperature (15o to 30oC) Store away from heat and direct sunlight.
  • Do not store this medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink or in damp places. The medicine may break down if exposed to heat or moisture.

What are the potential side effects?

  • The side effect profile for this medication is not well described.
  • Your pet may experience some stomach upset, such as loose stools, diarrhea and gas or some agitation. If these symptoms persist, contact your veterinarian.
  • Other side effects may occur. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.

Are there any possible drug interactions?

  • Make sure to tell your veterinarian what other medication you are giving your pet.
  • Quite often, your veterinarian may prescribe two different medications, and sometimes a drug interaction may occur. In this case, your veterinarian may vary the dose and/or monitor your pet more closely.
  • The following drugs can potentially interact with amantadine: trimethoprim/sulfa, quinidine, quinine, thiazide diuretics, triamterene, anticholinergic drugs, and CNS stimulants.
  • Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.

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