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WHAT IS ZANAMAVIR ?
Zanamivir is an antiviral medication. It blocks the actions of viruses in your body. Zanamivir is an antiviral agent, belongs to a class of drugs called neuraminidase inhibitors. It works by blocking the growth and spread of respiratory viruses.
Zanamivir is used to treat flu symptoms caused by influenza virus in patients who have had symptoms for less than 2 days. Zanamivir may also be given to prevent influenza in people who may be exposed but do not yet have symptoms. Zanamivir will not treat the common cold. Zanamivir should not be used in place of getting a yearly flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control recommends an annual flu shot to help protect you each year from new strains of influenza virus.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS:
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Some people using zanamivir have had rare side effects of confusion, delirium and self-injury. These symptoms have occurred most often in children. It is not known whether zanamivir was the exact cause of these symptoms. However, anyone using zanamivir should be watched closely for signs of confusion or unusual behavior. Call a doctor at once if you or the child using zanamivir has any of these symptoms.
Stop using zanamivir and call your doctor at once if you have wheezing or severe breathing problems, or if you feel like you might pass out.
Less serious side effects may include:
headache; dizziness; nausea, vomiting, diarrhea;
fever, chills, joint pain; ear pain; or
cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat;
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
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