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Name: Rimantadine HCl

Pregnancy Category C

Drug classes

  • Antiviral drug

Therapeutic actions

Synthetic antiviral agent that inhibits viral replication, possibly by preventing the uncoating of the virus.


Prophylaxis and treatment of illness caused by influenza A virus in adults
Prophylaxis against influenza A virus in children


Allergy to amantadine, rimantadine; lactation.

Use caution in the presence of seizures, liver or renal disease, pregnancy.

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Adverse effects

  • CNS: Lightheadedness, dizziness, insomnia, confusion, irritability, ataxia, psychosis, depression, hallucinations
  • GI: Nausea, anorexia, constipation, dry mouth
  • CV: CHF, orthostatic hypotension, dyspnea
  • GU: Urinary retention

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