This site speaks to Symmetrel Alcohol interaction. Amantadine is the generic name for the drug sold under the brand name of Symmetrel.
This drug is known as an antiviral and antiparkinsonian type and is prescribed for certain flu viruses, all varieties of Parkinson’s disease, uncontrolled muscle movements caused by phenothiazines and other psychoactive drugs and is also used for fatigue associated with multiple sclerosis.
No drinking not even moderate consumption is advised while taking this drug.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol, that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Before starting advise your physician of any allergies, if you have untreated or uncontrolled epilepsy, a bone marrow disorder, paralytic ileus, intestinal blockage, clozapine infection or immune suppression medication, heart disease, heart rhythm disorder, high blood pressure, history of heart attack or stroke, epilepsy, seizure, lung disease, liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes, bone marrow disorder, blood cell disorder, enlarged prostate, urinary problems, glaucoma or a history of smoking.
Do not if sensitive or allergic to the drug. It may cause increased seizures in those with epilepsy. People have experienced heart failure when using. If you have kidney disease you must use a reduced dosage. Use with caution if you have liver disease, eczema, psychosis or severe psychoneurosis;
Common Side Effects
Nausea, dizziness, light headed and insomnia, depression, anxiety, irritability, hallucinations, confusion, appetite loss, dry mouth, constipation, weakness, bruising of the skin, swelling in the arms, legs or ankles, dizzy when standing, low blood pressure and headache.
Less Common Side Effects
Heart failure, psychotic reactions, urinary difficulties, breathing difficulties, fatigue, skin rash, vomiting, weakness, slurred speech and visual disturbances.
Rare Side Effects
Convulsions, increased white blood cell counts, eczema type rash, spasms of the eye muscles leading to uncontrolled eye movement and rolling.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.