Symmetrel is used to treat influenza A.
Medication must always be taken as advised by your medical practitioner/physician. If you are unsure, then please contact your physician for precise instructions. On the other hand, the medicine label usually contains dosage instructions which also may be followed.
A full glass of water when taken with Symmetrel always ensures better absorption.
Medications are prescribed according to a dosage schedule which must be completed in order to reap the benefits of the treatment. Lapsed schedules render Symmetrel ineffective. So, never stop in between unless advised by your physician.
One of the best ways to ensure that you do not miss out on a dose is to maintain a fixed regime for consuming Symmetrel each day.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Symmetrel falls under antiviral and an antiparkinsonian drug and it is used to treat conditions like influenza A.
You must maintain a schedule for taking the medicine at the same time each day so that you do not miss out on any doses. But, in the advent of a missed dose, take it as soon as you remember so that you can compensate for the loss of the dose.
But, then you may need to adjust your remaining doses accordingly. And if it is almost time for the next dose, then please skip the missed dose and continue with the normal schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Symmetrel must be stored at a cool and dark place that prevents it from direct exposure to sunlight. It should also be protected from kids and pets. You can store it at room temperature.
Symmetrel when overdosed may lead to severe effects like fever, anxiety, severe headache, confusion, hallucinations, agitation, aggression, personality changes, tremor, problems with balance or walking, fast or uneven heart rate that require immediate medical attention. Please contact an emergency poison control center immediately if you suspect an overdose.
If you are allergic to any ingredient in Symmetrel (you may check medicine label) then please do not use it without consulting your doctor.
You must also avoid using Symmetrel if you have taken within 14 days of having received a nasal flu vaccine. Symmetrel is known to augment the sexual drive and urge to gambling. So, use it with caution.
Symmetrel is known to cause harm to fetus.
If you are planning to have a baby or are pregnant already then you must seek advice from your doctor before using Symmetrel. Discuss the effects and possible risks that Symmetrel usage may have on the unborn baby.
If you are breast feeding your child, then too seek medical advice before using Symmetrel. Some drugs may be excreted in the breast milk and may harm the baby.