Precautions and Warnings With Rimantadine
Make sure you are aware of the precautions and warnings with rimantadine before using the flu medication. You should tell your healthcare provider if you have epilepsy or seizure disorders, liver disease, or kidney disease before taking rimantadine. Do not take rimantadine if you are allergic to any components used to make the drug.
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking rimantadine hydrochloride (Flumadine®) if you have:
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
- Kidney disease, including kidney failure (renal failure)
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
You should also be sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking rimantadine include the following:
- Rimantadine may increase the risk of seizures in people with epilepsy or seizure disorders. If you have a history of seizures or epilepsy, check with your healthcare provider before taking rimantadine.
- If you have kidney or liver problems, your body may not handle rimantadine as well as it should. You may need a lower rimantadine dosage, and in some cases, rimantadine may not be recommended.
- Rimantadine can interact with a few different medications (see Drug Interactions With Rimantadine for more information).
- Rimantadine is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not known (see Flumadine and Pregnancy).
- It is not known if rimantadine passes through breast milk in humans. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Flumadine and Breastfeeding).