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Generic Name: Zanamivir (zah-NAM-ih-veer)
Brand Name: Relenza
Zanamivir is used for:
Treating uncomplicated influenza in patients 7 years of age and older who have had symptoms for no more than 2 days. It may also be used to prevent influenza in patients 5 years of age and older.
Zanamivir is an antiviral agent. It works by interfering with viral enzymes that allow respiratory viruses to grow and spread.
Do NOT use Zanamivir if:
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Zanamivir :
Some medical conditions may interact with Zanamivir . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Zanamivir . However, no specific interactions with Zanamivir are known at this time.
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Zanamivir may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Zanamivir :
Use Zanamivir as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Zanamivir .
Important safety information:
Possible side effects of Zanamivir :
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of Zanamivir :
Store Zanamivir at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Do not puncture the blister until you are ready to take a dose using the Diskhaler. Keep Zanamivir out of the reach of children and away from pets.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Zanamivir . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
Issue Date: November 1, 2006
Database Edition 06.4.1.002
Copyright © 2006 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.
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