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Palivizumab is used in certain infants and young children to prevent serious lung infections (such as pneumonia) that are caused by a certain virus (respiratory syncytial virus-RSV). Palivizumab works by preventing the growth of the virus. This medication is not used to treat RSV infection, but should be continued even if your child gets the RSV infection to prevent a more serious infection.
Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your health care professional before your child starts receiving palivizumab and before each injection. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
This medication is given into a muscle (usually the thigh) by a health care professional as directed by your child's doctor, usually once a month during RSV season. RSV season in the northern hemisphere usually starts in November and runs through April. The dosage is based on your child's weight.
Your child should receive this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, mark the days on a calendar when your child should receive the medication.
Fever or pain/redness/swelling at the injection site may occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that the doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to your child is greater than the risk of side effects. Many children using this medication do not have serious side effects.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
Before using palivizumab, tell the doctor or pharmacist if your child is allergic to it; or if your child has any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell the doctor or pharmacist your child's medical history, especially of: bleeding/blood clotting problems (such as thrombocytopenia, coagulation disorder).
Before having surgery (especially certain heart procedures), tell the doctor or dentist about this medication and all the products your child uses (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
This medication is not usually used in adults. It is unlikely to be used during pregnancy or breast-feeding. Consult your doctor if you have any questions about this medication
Not applicable. This medication is given in a clinic and will not be stored at home.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.
This medication may interfere with certain laboratory tests (including RSV diagnostic tests, virus culture tests), possibly causing false test results. Make sure lab personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug.
If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.
For the best possible benefit, it is important to receive each scheduled dose of this medication as directed. If your child misses a dose, contact the doctor or pharmacist right away to establish a new dosing schedule.
Keep all regular medical and lab appointments.