Posted 14 July 2014 - 07:29 AM
No, that is correct. But, from what I have experienced myself and seen in other patients, it is not as reliable, as far as timing on a daily basis as Ritalin (or Provigil or Nuvigil.
What I would do if I were you is try the amantadine for up to 3 months or so, if you see it working consistently at the correct time every day, then stick with it. If not, you may want to discuss a low dose Ritalin (maybe 5-10mg) per day.
I had a difficult time with the timing and how many to take of the amantadine. After about a month my sleep cycles were off, nap in the day and awake at night. It is very difficult to tell if the daytime drowsiness is due to the disease or the medication that may be causing the disease. It seems as if it is the medication, amantadine works better. If it is the disease, the Ritalin (or Adderall, Provigil, or Nuvigil) might work better.
With most things related to PD, it is hit or miss. Some meds work for some people and other ones don't. The main thing to remember with any medication you start with, start low and go slow. That means, start with a lower dose and increase it slowly to a dose that works for you.
Keep me posted.
Best of health,
Mark R. Comes R.Ph.
Board Certified Pharmacist,
Medical Board Member, & Consultant.
National Parkinson Foundation
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