What is Symmetrel?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Amantadine

Symmetrel is a brand name for amantadine, an antiviral drug used to reduce on/off fluctuations and involuntary movements (dyskinesias) in Parkinson's disease.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Parkinson's Disease 25 13
Fatigue 24 16
Dyskinesia 3 1
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 3 4
Increase effect of another treatment 2 0
Tremor in hands 2 4

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 7
Moderate 3
Mild 8
None 11

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Symmetrel

Side effect Patients
Blurry vision 2
Constipation 2
Headaches 2
Anxious mood 1
Auditory hallucinations 1
Cognitive confusion 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Symmetrel

Dosage Patients
100 mg twice daily 3
200 mg daily 3
400 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Symmetrel

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 7
Did not seem to work 4
Other 4
Side effects too severe 4
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently taking Symmetrel

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 2

Stopped taking Symmetrel

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 6
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 26
Usually 0
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 23
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 3
< $25 11
Not specified 14

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Symmetrel and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Modafinil (Provigil) 1
Tolcapone (Tasmar) 1
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2 patient evaluations for Symmetrel

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melmaky
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melmaky
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Some
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Some
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: Some
Stickman: most
Description:F43y
FM:5y Dx
CFS:27y Dx
I am: g
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See melmaky's full Symmetrel history

Sep 15, 2012 (Started Sep 04, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Myoclonic jerking)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Fatigue)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Increased insomnia)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Has given me a bit more energy and notice more clarity in thinking - although far from restored.

Sep 5, 2012 (Started Sep 04, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Myoclonic jerking)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Fatigue)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Increased insomnia)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
server
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server
Sex: M
Data Quality: 0 stars
On
Mouth/throat: none
Arms: none
Chest: none
Legs: mild
I have:
Parkinson's

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Jun 26, 2007 (Started Nov 27, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Racing thoughts)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Racing thoughts

  • 0 helpful marks
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