Symmetrel- what can it be used for?
Symmetrel is a medication that is most commonly used in prevention of influenza and in treatment of Parkinson’s disease. During our history, different types of influenzas have caused more death than all the wars combined. The most deadly outbreaks of influenza in recorded history include the Spanish flu which killed between 50 and 100 million people worldwide and the Asian flu that took between 1 and 4 million lives. There have been many more outbreaks of different types of influenzas and they have all taken their toll on the lives of millions of people. Every now and then, we are faced with the new potential killer influenza, the latest one being the Swine flu which created worldwide panic. Influenza infections also include the common flu, the seasonal flu. We may think that this seasonal flu is not anything serious, but it is estimated that it causes up to 36,000 deaths each year in United States alone. It is therefore very important that there is an anti-viral medication that can be used as a prevention of this infection, especially in people with immunodeficiency or people who are more likely to get infected, such as residents of nursing homes. Symmetrel is such a medication and it can also relieve the symptoms and speed up the healing process once the infection is already present in the patient.
In addition to this use, Symmetrel has also been accidentally discovered to have a beneficial effect on patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease, helping with certain motor functions. Some other uses of Symmetrel include the treatment of fatigue that is caused by multiple sclerosis, treatment of ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, as well as help patients with SSRI-induced sexual dysfunction. In these cases, Symmetrel is believed to restore the balance of certain chemicals, or neurotransmitters in the brain.
Some information on Symmetrel treatment
If you are allergic to this medication, to similar medications, in fact, if you have any other allergies, make sure that you inform your doctor about this. You need to do the same in case you are suffering from any such conditions like glaucoma, peripheral edema, heart problems, issues with your blood pressure, any kidney or liver diseases, certain psychological conditions, seizures or eczematoid dermatitis. In such cases, your doctor will most likely want you to undergo some special tests that will help them decide if your Symmetrel treatment is going to be a safe one. Keep in mind also that Symmetrel can cause you to feel dizzy and drowsy. If it does, make sure that you do not drive, operate machinery or take part in any potentially hazardous activities until you feel that these side effects have gone away. You should also ensure that you complete the entire regimen as this will ensure that you experience all the beneficial effects of Symmetrel. Furthermore, it would be best if you could take Symmetrel at the same time each day, to ensure the same levels of the drug in your system, which also contributes to a successful Symmetrel treatment.