Ribavirin - Inhalation

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Ribavirin inhalation is used to treat severe lung infections caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in infants and children.
How do I use this medicine?
This medicine is to be given in a well-ventilated room by your doctor or nurse in the hospital.

Ribavirin is placed into a machine which turns the medicine into a fine mist. This mist maybe delivered by inhalation using a face mask or a hood.

Ribavirin must be given regularly for it to be effective. The dose of this medicine will be decided by your doctor. Your doctor will advise you on the treatment timeframe depending on the type and severity of your infection. You must complete the entire course of the medicine.
What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?
Do not miss any doses.

Alert your doctor or nurse if any doses had been missed.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
When should I not use this medicine?
Do not use this medicine if the infant or child ever had an allergic reaction (rashes, breathlessness, swollen eyes) to Ribavirin.

Pregnant healthcare workers or those who are planning to have a baby soon should avoid exposure to Ribavirin inhalation. This medicine may cause harm to your unborn child.

What should I take note of while using this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have lung disease such as asthma, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe).

Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly. Your doctor will advise you on how often you need to have these tests.
What side effects could I experience?
Ribavirin inhalation may cause any of the following side effects: tiredness, headache, difficulty sleeping, nausea, loss of appetite, and redness or inflammation of the eye.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I use this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking other medicines for viral infections (e.g. didanosine, zidovudine.).

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicine, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

As this is a hazardous medicine, always return any unused or expired medicine to the clinic, hospital or pharmacy for disposal. Do not throw it away in the household waste.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Ribavirin - Inhalation and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2021 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com
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