Zanamivir

Description

Zanamivir is used in the treatment of infections of influenza virus types A and B. This medicine is not indicated for use in children under the age of 5 years.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Zanamivir

  • Convulsions
  • Joint pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Fever or chills
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Pain in the ears

Uses of Zanamivir

What is it prescribed for?

  • Influenza
  • Influenza prophylaxis
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The time required for this medicine to show its effect is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The time until which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendency has been reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to zanamivir or any other inactive ingredients present along with it.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.
General warnings

Route of Administration

This medicine should be administered only through the accompanying inhaler.

Delirium

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known history of delirium due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.

Use in children

This medicine is not indicated for use in patients less than 5 years of age.

Missed Dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for the missed dose.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Insulin inhalation Rapid acting

Influenza virus vaccine, live, trivalent

Influenza vaccine H1N1 live

Disease interactions

Respiratory Disorders

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known history of any underlying airway diseases such as asthma or COPD due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Use Zanamivir exactly as instructed by the doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller quantities than recommended. Ensure that proper hygiene measures are adopted. Complete the course of treatment to prevent the spread of the infection. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
It works by stopping the influenza virus (flu virus) from spreading inside the body.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Neuraminidase inhibitors, Inhaled anti-infectives

Schedule

Schedule X

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Information on this page was last updated on 13 Sep 2017

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