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Symmetrel is commonly prescribed to treat or prevent certain types of the flu virus, treat Parkinson's disease, and treat certain side effects of other medications. This medication works by inhibiting the flu virus from multiplying. Although it is not exactly clear as to how the medicine works for Parkinson's, it is known to affect certain brain chemicals. Common side effects include nausea, dizziness, and insomnia.
What Is Symmetrel?Symmetrel® (amantadine hydrochloride) is a prescription medication approved for the following uses:
- Preventing and treating certain types of the flu
- Treating Parkinson's disease and other similar conditions
- Treating certain side effects of other medications, known as "extrapyramidal symptoms" (such as movement disorders caused by antipsychotic medications).