Back to Infections Drug Index

Back to Antivirals

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.

Indications

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

Contraindications/cautions

Allergy to amantadine, rimantadine; lactation.

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

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

Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?

Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community

  • Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.

  • Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.

Doctors Lounge Membership Application

Tools & Services: Follow DoctorsLounge on Twitter Follow us on Twitter | RSS News | Newsletter | Contact us