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Viral Upper Respiratory Infections (Colds and Influenza) and Peramivir

Read more about Peramivir.

Overview

Peramivir is an investigational medicine used to treat H1N1 flu. It is considered investigational because the FDA has not approved it.

Effect of Peramivir on Viral Upper Respiratory Infections (Colds and Influenza)

As an antiviral medication, peramivir helps treat the H1N1 flu by interfering with specific viral chemical processes.

How to Use Peramivir

The medicine is given through an IV (needle in the vein).

Side Effects and Warnings

#What are the precautions when taking this medicine?

• This medicine does not treat the common cold.

• If you have kidney disease, talk with healthcare provider.

• Check medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix well with other medicines.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding.

#What are some possible side effects of this medicine?

• Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.

• Diarrhea.

• Low white blood cell count.

#Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately

• If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or emergency department immediately.

• Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.

• Severe behavioral problems.

• Significant change in thinking clearly and logically.

• Severe nausea or vomiting.

• Any rash.

• No improvement in condition or feeling worse.

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