Ampyra (generic name: Dalfampridine Extended Release, also called Fampyra by Biogen) is a potassium channel blocker, it is widely used to help treat patient improve their walking, if they have been affected by multiple sclerosis. The active ingredient used in this medication has been proven to increase the walking speed of the individuals who have taken it, and it is thought that the medication will increase nerve function, although it is not entirely been proven how the medication works. Ampyra is available on prescription only and all instructions that have been issued to you from your doctor should be followed, in regards to how you should use this drug, and the doses that you should take.
Ampyra Side Effects:
Seizures, pain when urinating, balance problems, numbness, dizziness or a worsening of the symptoms of MS, are all known side effects which has been associated with the use of Ampyra, it’s important that if you encounter any side effect whilst using Ampyra that you consult your doctor for further guidance. Headaches sleep problems, nausea, constipation and weakness in your muscles are also other less serious side effects which have been associated with the use of Ampyra, if the conditions of any side effects appear to be getting worse, and you should seek emergency medical aid. There is a chance that you may be allergic to any of the ingredients used in Ampyra medication, signs of an allergic reaction could be that it becomes difficult to breathe and you may see a swellings to the facial and neck areas of your body.
You should always take Ampyra as you have been instructed to by your prescription or your doctor; a failure to follow these instructions can lead to you encountering the side effects which have been mentioned above. If the medication does not appear to be working or your symptoms become worse, then consult your doctor for further advice and guidance. Ampyra is normally taken once every 12 hours, and you should never take more than two tablets per day. The medications may be taken with or without food; however it is recommended that you issue your dose with a full glass of water. Ampyra tablet should be swallowed whole without any damage to the tablet during ingestion, as this can reduce the effectiveness of the medication.
There are other medications which may interact with Ampyra, and because of this it is important that you inform your doctor of any other medications you are currently taking or have taken in recent times. This includes all medications which are both prescription and over the counter, vitamins and other herbal supplements may also have an effect on Ampyra, and the way in which it is supposed to work within your body. You should ask your doctor if there are any restrictions on the food and drink in which you can consume whilst using this medication at the time your prescription is issued to you. If you require more information on Ampyra consult your doctor who will be more than happy to help you, and answer your questions. If you are pregnant then you should seek further advice if you have been prescribed Ampyra, as the risk of the medication, having an effect on your unborn child should not be ruled out.
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