zanamivir inhaler - oral, Relenza
GENERIC NAME: ZANAMIVIR INHALER - ORAL (za-NAM-i-vir)
BRAND NAME(S): Relenza
USES: Zanamivir is used to treat symptoms caused by the flu virus (influenza) if you have had symptoms for 2 days or less. It helps lessen symptoms (such as stuffy nose, cough, sore throat, fever/chills, headache, body aches, tiredness) and shortens the recovery time by about 1 to 2 days.Zanamivir is also used to prevent the flu if you have been exposed to someone who already has the flu (such as a sick household member) or if there is a flu outbreak in the community.This medication works by stopping the flu virus from growing. It is not a substitute for the flu vaccine.If you have the flu, zanamivir does not reduce the risk of giving the flu to others.
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