Flumadine Warnings and Precautions
Let your healthcare provider know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, have epilepsy, or have any allergies before using Flumadine. Warnings and precautions also include the safety of using this medication if you have kidney or liver problems and the potential risk of seizures in some people. Do not take Flumadine if you are allergic to amantadine (a similar drug) or any components of Flumadine.
Flumadine: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Flumadine® (rimantadine hydrochloride) 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.
Specific Precautions and Warnings for Flumadine
Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Flumadine include the following:
- Flumadine 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 Flumadine.
- If you have kidney or liver problems, your body may not handle Flumadine as well as it should. You may need a lower Flumadine dosage, and in some cases, Flumadine may not be recommended.
- Flumadine can interact with a few different medications (see Flumadine Drug Interactions for more information).
- Flumadine 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 Flumadine 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).