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Zanamivir, an antiviral drug, is prescribed for the treatment of flu symptoms in patients for less than two days. Zanamivir is also given to prevent influenza in pre-exposed, asymptomatic individuals. Zanamivir should not be used to treat the common cold. Zanamivir should not be used as an alternate to yearly flu vaccines.

Pharmacodynamics

No information available

Pharmacokinetics

No information available

Zanamivir Indications / Zanamivir Uses

No information available

Zanamivir Adverse Reactions / Zanamivir Side Effects

Zanamivir can cause otitis, dizziness, nausea, headache, fever, chills, diarrhoea, arthralgia and flu-like symptoms.

Precautions

Zanamivir should not be prescribed to patients with lactose allergy, COPD, asthma and other airway disorders.

Special Precautions

Information not available

Other Drug Interactions

Information not available

Other Interactions

Zanamivir may interact with inhalation nasal flu vaccine. Do not use such vaccine within two weeks before or 2 days after Zanamivir use. The drug can antagonize the pharmacological action of nasal flu vaccine.

Dosage

For Influenza (Adults):

Start with two inhalations (10 mg) twice a day for five days. If needed, two doses can be taken on the first day with at least two hours apart between the doses.
 
For Influenza Prophylaxis (Adults):

Start with two inhalations (10 mg), daily. The duration of treatment for common influenza is ten days and for a community-outbreak, 28 days course should be considered.
 
For Influenza (Pediatric):
For children 7 years and over, start with two inhalations (10 mg) twice daily for five days with 12 hours apart.
 
For Influenza Prophylaxis (Pediatric):

For children 5 years and over, start with two inhalations (10 mg), daily. The duration of treatment for common influenza is ten days and for a community-outbreak, 28 days course should be considered.

Food(before/after)

No information available

List of Contraindications

Zanamivir and Pregnancy

USFDA pregnancy category C. May be or may not be harmful to an unborn fetus. Consult a physician if you are in gestation or planning to have a baby during Zanamivir treatment.

Zanamivir and Lactation

It is not known whether Zanamivir can pass through the breast milk or not. Breastfeeding mothers should avoid nursing while taking Zanamivir.

Zanamivir and Children

Do not give Zanamivir to children younger than 7 years old without a paediatrician’s advice. Some children as young as five years of age may need Zanamivir treatment to prevent flu symptoms.

Zanamivir and Geriatic

No specific information

Zanamivir and Other Contraindications

No specific information

Storage

Store at room temperature

Lab interference

Store at room temperature

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