Palivizumab (Injection)

Introduction

Palivizumab (pal-i-VIZ-yoo-mab)

Prevents serious lung infections caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in babies and children who have a high risk of infection.

Brand Name(s)

Synagis

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

Your child should not receive this medicine if he or she has had an allergic reaction to palivizumab.

How to Use This Medicine

Injectable

  • Your child's doctor will prescribe the exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. A nurse or other trained health professional will give your child this medicine as a shot into a muscle.
  • Your child should receive the first shot of this medicine before the RSV season starts, and then monthly during the RSV season to help prevent serious infection. Ask your child's doctor when RSV season occurs in your community.
  • This medicine comes with patient instructions. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

If a dose is missed:

  • Your child needs to receive these shots on a fixed schedule. Reschedule any missed appointments as soon as possible.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

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

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Make sure your doctor knows if your child has any bleeding or blood-clotting problems, such as thrombocytopenia. Also tell your doctor if your child was born prematurely.
  • Your doctor may need to give your child an additional shot of this medicine if your child has heart surgery.
  • Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect the results of certain medical tests.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

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

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Bluish color of the lips, fingernails, or skin
  • Lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
  • Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Fever
  • Mile rash
  • Redness, swelling, pain, or a lump where the shot was given

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Version Info

  • Last Reviewed on 06/12/2013

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This page was last updated: June 18, 2013

         
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