At my last neurologist appointment my doctor prescribed Amantadine to help my fatigue. He explained that it was intended for Parkinsons, yet doctor’s discovered it has other functions including preventing the flu, providing energy to those who need it and also possibly helping with word retrieval.
“Amantadine is used to prevent or treat a certain type of flu (influenza A). If you have been infected with the flu, this medication may help make your symptoms less severe and shorten the time it will take you to get better. Taking amantadine if you have been or will be exposed to the flu may help to prevent you from getting the flu. This medication is an antiviral that is believed to work by stopping growth of the flu virus. This medication is not a vaccine. To increase the chance that you will not get the flu, it is important to get a flu shot once a year at the beginning of every flu season, if possible.” According to Web MD.
I’ve been taking this drug for only a week but it definitely does not give me the same racing feeling that all other fatigue medicines I have previously taken including Novigul, Provigul and Adderall. Luckily, I haven’t experienced any extreme side effects, although shortness of breath, swelling, rapid weight gain, feeling depressed, agitated, or aggressive and urinating less than usual or not at all.
Medscape shared an added benefit according to the phase 2 proof-of-concept study, which included 60 participants, showed that those who received the ER capsules daily for 4 weeks had a 17% adjusted improvement in walking speed, which was greater than for those who received matching placebo.
I am still determining if this drug is helping my fatigue and crossing my fingers it doesn’t cause rapid weight gain. I will keep you posted.
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