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:: Health Conditions - Amantadine and Rimantadine



Rimantadine HCl is an antiviral drug used for the treatment of Flu (Influenza) virus A. The drug is very similar to the drug Amantadine.

Amantadine and Rimantadine have both been shown to reduce the duration of influenza A symptoms when given within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms and may be given to high-risk patients. Treatment and prophylaxis failures may be due to the rapid emergence of drug-resistant viruses. Oseltamivir (Tamiflu®) and zanamivir, which inhibit viral neuraminidase, are active against both influenza A and B viruses. Response to ribavirin has generally been disappointing.

Amantadine and Rimantadine are also effective at preventing influenza A but are not a substitute for vaccination unless the vaccine is contra-indicated. Prophylaxis with amantadine or rimantadine should be considered in addition to vaccination in individuals such as the immunocompromised whose antibody response to the vaccine is likely to be incomplete, in persons vaccinated after an influenza outbreak has begun, and in residents and carers in institutions to prevent or abort outbreaks of influenza. To be fully effective chemoprophylaxis must be started as early as possible and be taken each day for the duration of influenza activity or until an adequate antibody response to vaccination has occurred. Neuraminidase inhibitors may also be useful for prophylaxis.

The Rimantadine may be sold under several brand names. At the moment of writing this article, we could not find any online drugstore offering this drug. If you want to buy Rimantadine, we suggest you to buy Amantadine instead. But, some reports on 2006 have shown that most cases of influenza viruses have resistance mutations for amantadine and rimantadine. So, if you are searching for an effective flu medication, the best solution would be to purchase Tamiflu.


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