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Baloxavir Marboxil Dosage

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Nov 4, 2020.

Applies to the following strengths: 20 mg; 40 mg

Usual Adult Dose for Influenza

Less than 80 kg: 40 mg orally once as a single dose
At least 80 kg: 80 mg orally once as a single dose

Uses:
-For the treatment of acute uncomplicated influenza in patients symptomatic for no more than 48 hours who are otherwise healthy or at high risk of developing influenza-related complications
-For postexposure prophylaxis of influenza after contact with an individual who has influenza

Usual Adult Dose for Influenza Prophylaxis

Less than 80 kg: 40 mg orally once as a single dose
At least 80 kg: 80 mg orally once as a single dose

Uses:
-For the treatment of acute uncomplicated influenza in patients symptomatic for no more than 48 hours who are otherwise healthy or at high risk of developing influenza-related complications
-For postexposure prophylaxis of influenza after contact with an individual who has influenza

Usual Pediatric Dose for Influenza

12 years or older:
-Less than 80 kg: 40 mg orally once as a single dose
-At least 80 kg: 80 mg orally once as a single dose

Uses:
-For the treatment of acute uncomplicated influenza in patients symptomatic for no more than 48 hours who are otherwise healthy or at high risk of developing influenza-related complications
-For postexposure prophylaxis of influenza after contact with an individual who has influenza

Usual Pediatric Dose for Influenza Prophylaxis

12 years or older:
-Less than 80 kg: 40 mg orally once as a single dose
-At least 80 kg: 80 mg orally once as a single dose

Uses:
-For the treatment of acute uncomplicated influenza in patients symptomatic for no more than 48 hours who are otherwise healthy or at high risk of developing influenza-related complications
-For postexposure prophylaxis of influenza after contact with an individual who has influenza

Renal Dose Adjustments

Data not available

Liver Dose Adjustments

Data not available

Precautions

CONTRAINDICATIONS:
History of hypersensitivity to the active component or any of the ingredients

Safety and efficacy have not been established in patients younger than 12 years.

Consult WARNINGS section for additional precautions.

Dialysis

Data not available

Comments:
-This drug is highly bound to serum proteins; significant removal by dialysis is unlikely.

Other Comments

Administration advice:
-Administer as a single dose as soon as possible and within 48 hours of influenza symptom onset for treatment of acute uncomplicated influenza or after contact with an individual who has influenza.
-Administer with or without food; avoid coadministration with dairy products, calcium-fortified beverages, polyvalent cation-containing laxatives, antacids, or oral supplements (e.g., calcium, iron, magnesium, selenium, zinc).
-Oral suspension: Use in patients who are unable to swallow tablets, who have difficulty swallowing tablets, or who require enteral administration.
-Oral suspension: Administer within 10 hours after constitution (product contains no preservative). Gently swirl before use; do not shake.
-Oral suspension: Provide caregiver/patient with a measuring device (e.g., oral syringe, measuring cup) to deliver the prescribed dose. For enteral administration (i.e., feeding tube), draw up suspension with an enteral syringe; flush with 1 mL of water before and after enteral administration.
-Tablets: For the 40 mg dose, administer two 20 mg tablets at the same time; for the 80 mg dose, administer two 40 mg tablets at the same time.

Storage requirements:
-Granules (before constitution): Store at room temperature 20C to 25C (68F to 77F) and keep in original bottle; excursions permitted to 15C to 30C (59F to 86F).
-Oral suspension (after constitution): Store no longer than 10 hours at room temperature 20C to 25C (68F to 77F); discard if not used within 10 hours of preparation or if stored above 25C (77F).
-Tablets: Store in blister package at 20C to 25C (68F to 77F); excursions permitted to 15C to 30C (59F to 86F).

Reconstitution/preparation techniques (oral suspension):
-Before dispensing to patient, constitute with drinking water or sterile water; prepare at time of dispensing.
-Gently swirl to ensure granules are evenly suspended; do not shake.
-The manufacturer product information should be consulted.

General:
-Limitations of use: As influenza viruses change over time, factors (e.g., virus type/subtype, emergence of resistance, changes in viral virulence) could reduce clinical benefit of antiviral drugs; available drug susceptibility patterns for circulating influenza virus strains should be considered when deciding whether to use this drug.
-This drug is not a substitute for annual influenza vaccination as recommended by the US CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
-Serious allergic reactions have included anaphylaxis, angioedema, urticaria, and erythema multiforme.

Patient advice:
-Read the US FDA-approved patient labeling (Patient Information).
-If using for prophylaxis, take as soon as possible after exposure; if using for treatment, take as soon as possible at first sign of influenza symptoms, within 48 hours of symptom onset.
-Follow the healthcare provider's dosing recommendations for a single, 1-time dose.
---Oral suspension: The total prescribed dose depends on weight and may require more than 1 bottle; take as soon as possible but no later than 10 hours after constitution by healthcare provider (product has no preservative).
---Tablets: Provided as a blister card containing 2 tablets (tablet strength depends on weight); take both tablets together as a single dose.
-Seek immediate medical attention if an allergic-like reaction occurs/is suspected.
-Consult healthcare provider before receiving a live attenuated influenza vaccine after taking this drug.

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