Amantadine for the treatment of childhood and adolescent psychiatric symptoms. Academic Article uri icon


  • This retrospective study examined clinical parameters associated with amantadine treatment of psychiatric symptoms in children. A total of 297 pediatric patients were prescribed amantadine and met study criteria to assess clinical responses and medication outcomes. More than 62% of patients experienced clinically significant symptom control and 83% achieved at least maintenance symptom control, while 11% discontinued amantadine for nonresponse and 6% stopped amantadine because of side effects. Among patients previously receiving other psychotropic medication, 42% and 28% of patients fully discontinued second- or third-generation antipsychotics or antidepressants, respectively. Patients responsive to amantadine who discontinued or reduced antipsychotic dose experienced a significant reduction in body mass index. Amantadine appears be an efficacious and safe alternative for treatment of a broad set of psychiatric symptoms in children and adolescents. Specifically, it may serve as an effective adjunct to stimulants for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder-related symptoms and appears to be a safer alternative to second- or third-generation antipsychotics.

published proceedings

  • Proc (Bayl Univ Med Cent)

altmetric score

  • 4.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Morrow, K., Choi, S., Young, K., Haidar, M., Boduch, C., & Bourgeois, J. A.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Morrow, Kyle||Choi, Sun||Young, Keith||Haidar, Makram||Boduch, Cassandra||Bourgeois, James A

publication date

  • September 2021