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Peramivir Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to peramivir: intravenous solution, solution iv (infusion)

Along with its needed effects, peramivir may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking peramivir:

  • Blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
  • chills
  • cough
  • diarrhea
  • fever
  • itching
  • joint or muscle pain
  • red, irritated eyes
  • sore throat
  • sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
Incidence not known
  • Confusion as to time, place, or person
  • holding false beliefs that cannot be changed by fact
  • red skin lesions, often with a purple center
  • seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
  • unusual excitement, nervousness, or restlessness

Some side effects of peramivir may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Less common
  • Blurred vision
  • difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • nervousness
  • pounding in the ears
  • slow or fast heartbeat
  • trouble sleeping

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to peramivir: intravenous solution


Common (1% to 10%): Hypertension[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Constipation, diarrhea[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): AST increased, ALT greater than 2.5 times the upper limit of normal (ULN)[Ref]


Postmarketing reports: Steven-Johnson Syndrome, exfoliative dermatitis, rash[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Neutrophils less than 1 x 10(9)/L[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Serum glucose greater than 160 mg/dL[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Creatine phosphokinase 6 x ULN or greater[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Insomnia
Postmarketing reports: Delirium, hallucination[Ref]


1. "Product Information. Rapivab (peramivir)." BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Inc, Durham, NC.

Some side effects of peramivir may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

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