Rimantadine is used to prevent or treat certain types of flu in adults. It can also sometimes be used to prevent some forms of this disease in children.


What is Rimantadine?

Rimantadine is an antiviral drug. Its exact mechanism of action is not yet known, however, it is thought to block the reproduction of viruses.


How should Rimantadine be taken?

Rimantadine is administered orally.


Side effects associated with Rimantadine

Among the possible side effects of Rimantadine include the following:


  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Nervousness
  • Stomach ache
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness


It is important to contact a doctor immediately in the event that the use of Rimantadine triggers:


  • Rash
  • Urticaria
  • Itch
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Tightness in chest
  • Swelling of the mouth , face, lips, or tongue
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Hallucinations
  • Convulsions
  • Swelling of the hands, ankles or feet
  • Tremors
  • Difficulty walking


Contraindications and warnings associated with the use of Rimantadine

Rimantadine can impair the ability to drive or operate hazardous machinery. This side effect may be aggravated by alcohol and some drugs.


Before starting treatment with rimantadine, it is important to tell your doctor if: 


  • You have any allergies to the active substance, its excipients, other drugs (in particular adamantine derivatives) or any food
  • You are taking any other medications, herbal remedies or supplements. Mentioning in particular: paracetamol or aspirin
  • You are suffering (or have suffered) from kidney problems, liver problems or seizures
  • You have never before taken anti-viral medications or they were not effective
  • You are planning on receiving a flu shot or you have been vaccinated in the last 14 days
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding