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- What is zanamivir, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for zanamivir?
- Is zanamivir available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for zanamivir?
- What are the side effects of zanamivir?
- What is the dosage for zanamivir?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with zanamivir?
- Is zanamivir safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about zanamivir?
What is the dosage for zanamivir?
Zanamivir is administered by oral inhalation. The recommended dose is two inhalations (5 mg per inhalation) twice daily (approximately 12 hours apart) for five days. Two doses (separated by at least two hours) should be administered on the first day of treatment. For best results, treatment should begin as soon as symptoms develop. The recommended dose for prevention of influenza in a household setting is 10 mg once daily for 10 days. The recommended dose for preventing influenza in a community setting is 10 mg once daily for 28 days.
Which drugs or supplements interact with zanamivir?
Zanamivir potentially may interfere with the action of injections of live attenuated flu vaccine because zanamivir prevents viral replication. Therefore, live attenuated flu vaccine should not be administered from 2 weeks before to 48 hours after administration of zanamivir. Trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine can be administered while using zanamivir.
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