[The effectiveness of amantadine (midantan) in the treatment of the parkinsonian syndrome].Zh Nevropatol Psikhiatr Im S S Korsakova. 1976; 76(2):174-8.ZN
The author treated 83 patients with parkinsonism by analouges of amantadin--the Soviet preparation midantan and Swiss preparation simmetril. Twenty patients received only Amantadin and 63 Amantadin in combination with other antiparkinsonic drugs. Optimal doses of other antiparkinsonic drugs were determined prior to amantadin treatment. The preparation exerted a higher influence on such symptoms of parkinsonism as akinesis and rigidity and less on tremor. In 1/3 of the cases a positive effect of the treatment was temporary and disappeared altogether after 2--4 weeks despite the continuation of therapy. The preparation was well tolerated. Side effects observed in 32 of the 83 patients were usually expressed very midly and disappeared without special treatment. The author compares such preparations al 1-Dopa and Amantadin (Midantan).