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Zanamivir (za NA mi veer)

Pediatric Medication

Brand Names: U.S.

Relenza Diskhaler

Brand Names: Canada

Relenza®

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to treat or prevent the flu.

Is it safe for my child to take this drug?

  • Do not give this drug to a child younger than 5 years of age.
  • Not if your child has an allergy to zanamivir or any other part of this drug.
  • If your child is allergic to milk, talk with the doctor.
  • Be sure to let the doctor know if your child has any allergies or side effects to drugs, foods, or dyes. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs your child had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

What are some things I need to know or do while my child takes this drug?

  • This drug is not to be given in place of a flu shot. If your child’s doctor told you your child needs the flu shot, your child needs to get it.
  • If your child has lung disease, talk with the doctor. This drug is not often used in patients with these diseases.
  • Check all drugs your child is taking with your child’s doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.

What are some side effects that I need to call my child’s doctor about right away?

  • If any of this news causes you to be worried, any of the unwanted side effects happen, or if your child is not better after taking this drug.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
  • If your child shows signs of a very bad reaction, call your child’s doctor or the ER right away. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or if your child is not acting normal.
  • If your child has trouble breathing.
  • If your child has problems with how he/she acts.
  • If your child has a change in thinking clearly and with logic.
  • If your child gets a rash.
  • If your child’s health problem does not get better or if you think your child’s health problem is worse.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

  • Headache.
  • Nose and throat irritation.
  • Cough.
  • Sore throat.

How is this drug best given?

Give this drug as ordered by your child’s doctor. Read and follow the dosing on the label closely.
  • To gain the most benefit, do not miss giving your child doses.
  • Give as you have been told, even if your child feels well.
  • For breathing in only.
  • Start this drug as soon as you can.
  • Give in the morning and evening for 5 days.
  • Give 2 doses on the first day if you can. Space the doses by at least 2 hours that first day.
  • Have your child drink lots of noncaffeine liquids every day unless told to drink less liquid by your child’s doctor.

What do I do if my child misses a dose?

  • Give a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your child’s next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your child’s normal time.
  • Do not give 2 doses or extra doses.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

  • Store at room temperature.

General drug facts

  • If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
  • Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
  • Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
  • Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

Last Reviewed Date

2012-04-11

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