I've been diagnosed with PD since 2005...and have been on Amantadine 100 MG capsules, and other meds ever since. The effects of Amantadine capsules are dry throat, nose and eyes.My throat was so dry that I could feel the food I swallowed start to "stack up" and not go down. (This may sound weird, but it's true.)... I had to drink more water to help the swallowing process...Besides difficulty swallowing, my voice sounded like a frog.
Two days ago I had an appointment with my PD neurologist and voiced my concern about the difficulty of swallowing......He changed my prescription from capsules to "syrup", (50 MG/5 ML syrup)....Instructions: TAKE 1 TEASPOONFUL BY MOUTH ONCE DAILY IN THE MORNING; MAY INCREASE TO TWO TIMES A DAY IF NECESSARY. (Along with the other meds.)
The first day I tried the Amantadine syrup my throat had moisture in it again. I was able to actually "talk" so that my husband understood me......I am so "elated" by this that I felt like a little child on Christmas morning...so excited because of this "wonderful gift", my voice.....I started playing a Christmas CD and singing for the first time in 8 years!
My voice is not all the way back, I'll have to "tinker" with the measure of syrup to find just the right amount that helps the most.....but "Halleluya I have a voice again!"
I just wanted to share this with any fellow Parky that may be taking capsules and experiencing the same effects.