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Rapivab

Generic Name: peramivir (pe-RA-mi-veer)
Brand Name: Rapivab

Rapivab is used for:

Treating influenza in patients 18 years old and older who have had symptoms for no more than 2 days.

Rapivab is an antiviral agent. It works by blocking the growth and spread of respiratory viruses.

Do NOT use Rapivab if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Rapivab
  • you are going to have an intranasal live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) within the next 2 days or you have had such a vaccine within the past 2 weeks

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Rapivab:

Some medical conditions may interact with Rapivab. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have kidney problems
  • if you have a history of mental or mood problems

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Rapivab. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Intranasal live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) because its effectiveness may be decreased by Rapivab

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Rapivab may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Rapivab:

Use Rapivab as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Rapivab is given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
  • If you miss a dose of Rapivab, call your doctor to find out what to do.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Rapivab.

Important safety information:

  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Rapivab before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Rapivab will not prevent you from spreading influenza to others.
  • Rapivab should not be used in place of an influenza vaccine. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • Rapivab works only against the influenza virus; it does not treat bacterial or other viral infections.
  • Patients with the flu who take Rapivab may have an increased risk of confusion and unusual behavioral changes. The risk may be greater in children. Contact your doctor if you notice symptoms of confusion or any other unusual behavioral changes.
  • A severe skin reaction (Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis) may happen. It can cause severe health problems that may not go away, and sometimes death. Get medical help right away if you have symptoms like red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin (with or without fever); red or irritated eyes; or sores in your mouth, throat, nose, or eyes.
  • Tell your doctor that you take Rapivab before you receive any vaccines, including the intranasal live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV).
  • If your symptoms do not get better within a few days or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
  • Rapivab is not approved for use in children. Children may be more likely to experience confusion and abnormal behavior. Talk with the doctor.
  • PREGNANCY AND BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Rapivab while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Rapivab, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Rapivab:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Diarrhea.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, throat, or tongue); abnormal behavior; confusion; hallucinations.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Rapivab:

Rapivab will be handled and stored by a health care provider. You will not store it at home. Keep all medicines out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Rapivab, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Rapivab is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Rapivab or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Rapivab. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Rapivab. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Rapivab.

Review Date: August 8, 2016

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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