What is Relenza (Zanamivir) used for?
Relenza (Zanamivir) is an oral antiviral medication prescribed to treat influenza infections. It operates by stopping the reproduction of virus cells to prevent their spread allowing the immune system to eliminate the infection. This can prevent flu symptoms such as fever, sneezing, fatigue, headaches, and discomfort. Your doctor may also prescribe it for the treatment of other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Relenza (Zanamivir)?
One dosage of Relenza (Zanamivir) is normally administered twice each day, but your individual instructions will depend on your current health condition and the severity of your symptoms. to administer the dose operate the lever to open a rotacap inside the inhaler, open the mouthpiece, exhale deeply, securely place your lips around the mouthpiece, and inhale deeply to draw the medication into your lungs. It is suggested to hold your breath for fifteen seconds or as long as is comfortable to allow the medication to be absorbed before exhaling. Ask your pharmacist or doctor any questions you have about using the medication to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Relenza (Zanamivir)?
Relenza (Zanamivir) may cause side effects in some patients such as:
Serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention include faintness, confusion, or signs of an allergic reaction such as hives, skin rashes, swelling, or difficulty breathing. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any worrying or intense symptoms to make sure correct adjustments are made to your application frequency or dosage to stop more health complications from occurring.
The use of Relenza (Zanamivir) is not recommended for patients who are children under five years old, allergic to zanamivir, lactose intolerant, or who have had a bad reaction to similar treatments in the past. It is also important to tell your doctor if you have asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as this condition may cause unexpected problems during treatment requiring special adjustments to your regimen.
Strictly use Relenza (Zanamivir) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Relenza (Zanamivir) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.