What is amantadine’s mechanism of action in controlling parkinsonian activity?

Updated: Jan 24, 2019
  • Author: Robert A Hauser, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Amantadine is an antiviral agent that has antiparkinsonian activity. Its mechanism of action is not fully understood, but amantadine appears to potentiate CNS dopaminergic responses. It may release dopamine and norepinephrine from storage sites and inhibit the reuptake of dopamine and norepinephrine. Amantadine may offer additional benefit in patients experiencing maximal or waning effects from levodopa.


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