RIBAVIRIN (Inhalation) (Spray)


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RIBAVIRIN (Inhalation) (Spray) Drug and Prescription Information

RIBAVIRIN (Inhalation) (Spray)

RIBAVIRIN (Inhalation) (Spray) Medication Classification

RIBAVIRIN (By breathing)

RIBAVIRIN (Inhalation) (Spray) Brandname

Virazole

RIBAVIRIN (Inhalation) (Spray) is used for the Treatment

Ribavirin (rye-ba-VYE-rin) Treats severe lung infections caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

When To Not Use RIBAVIRIN (Inhalation) (Spray)

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to ribavirin. This medicine is usually given to young children and babies. If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, you should not receive this medicine or be nearby while someone is having a treatment with this medicine. Ribavirin may be very harmful to an unborn baby.

How Should You Use RIBAVIRIN (Inhalation) (Spray)

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  • Your doctor will prescribe your dose and tell how often it will be given.
  • A machine called a SPAG-2 (small particle aerosol generator) is usually used to give your treatment. The machine turns the medicine into a mist that you breathe into your lungs. You will wear a mask or hood or be in an oxygen tent so you can breathe in the medicine.
  • A nurse or other caregiver trained to use the SPAG-2 will give your treatment. The medicine may be given nonstop for 12 to 18 hours a day and is usually given at a hospital.
  • Ribavirin comes as a powder that needs to be mixed with sterile water before it given.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • If you miss a dose, call your doctor for instructions.

Proper RIBAVIRIN (Inhalation) (Spray) Storage

Store RIBAVIRIN (Inhalation) (Spray) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep RIBAVIRIN (Inhalation) (Spray) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using RIBAVIRIN (Inhalation) (Spray)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • You should not use any other medicines that are inhaled (breathed into your lungs) unless your doctor tells you to.
  • The SPAG-2 should only be used to give ribavirin. You should not use it to give other medicines.

RIBAVIRIN (Inhalation) (Spray) Warnings

  • Talk with your doctor before using the medicine if you are breastfeeding.
  • Before you start treatments with this medicine, tell your doctor if you are pregnant. If you become pregnant while you are being treated, tell your doctor right away. Ribavirin may be very harmful to your unborn baby.
  • Do not have pregnant family members or friends nearby when you are having your treatments. They may breathe in enough of the medicine to put their unborn baby in danger.

RIBAVIRIN (Inhalation) (Spray) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Wheezing or breathing problems that are worse than before using this medicine
  • Very slow or fast heartbeat
  • Blue fingernails or lips
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Eye irritation, redness ("pinkeye"), or itching
  • Dizziness
  • Mild rash