General English name: Zanamivir
Application: Treatment and prevention of influenza
Drug information for Zanamivir
Medication Information: Zanamivir is used to treat the flu or to prevent the spread of infection in infected people. This mechanism reduces the symptoms of the flu. It also reduces the future consequences of the flu, such as pneumonia. Zanamivir is much more effective if used at the onset of symptoms, but after 48 hours it is effective for adults and 36 hours for children. Zanamivir is also used to prevent the flu epidemic; It is an inhaled powder and is prescribed for people who are in close contact with people with the flu.
Contraindications to Zanamivir
Note the expiration date of Zanamivir and do not take it if your medicine has expired.
Never give Zanamivir to anyone else, even if you have the same symptoms.
Do not take Zanamivir more than the dose prescribed by your doctor.
Check for drug interactions and be sure to tell your doctor what other medications you are taking.
Drug interaction of Zanamivir
Drug interactions may alter drug performance and increase the risk of serious side effects. Make a list of all the medicines (including prescription / over-the-counter and herbal medicines) you use and share them with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not change the dose of your medicine without consulting your doctor or stop taking the medicine.
Tell your doctor if you have had the flu shot in the last 2 weeks. If Xanamivir is taken too close to receiving the flu shot, it may cause drug interactions. Wait at least 2 days after the end of Zanamirir treatment to get the flu shot in your nose.
Tips to consider before taking Zanamivir
Some medications cannot be prescribed under certain conditions, and some medications may be prescribed if additional treatment is needed; Therefore, it is best for your doctor to be aware of the following before taking Zanamivir:
- If you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- If you have any breathing problems.
- If you are taking other medicines. These medicines include all the medicines available, whether you are prescribed them or taking them without a doctor’s prescription, such as herbal medicines and complementary medicines.
- If you are allergic to any medicine.
Possible side effects of Zanamivir
All medications can cause side effects. But many consumers also do not experience any side effects. Some of the side effects go away shortly after taking the medicine. In case of persistent side effects, the doctor should be informed:
Skin urticaria: Consult your doctor if it becomes annoying.
Shortness of breath: Tell your doctor.
Tell your doctor if you notice any other symptoms that you think may be due to zanamivir.
How to store Zanamivir
Keep the medicine out of the reach of children.
Keep the medicine in a cool, dry place away from heat and direct sunlight.