Relenza: Consumer Questions and Answers (cont.)
In this Article
- What is Relenza and what is it approved for?
- Is Relenza a substitute for the flu vaccine?
- What do the terms treatment of the flu and prevention (prophylaxis) of the flu mean?
- Do I take Relenza the same way for treatment and prevention (prophylaxis) of the flu?
- What should I do if I continue to have or start to develop flu symptoms while taking Relenza?
- How is Relenza supplied?
- How many blisters are used for a dose?
- Are there instructions for people who have never used an inhaler?
- Are there any other special instructions to remember?
- Are there people who should not take Relenza?
- Should women who are pregnant or nursing take Relenza?
- What are the most common side effects of Relenza?
- What are the serious side effects of Relenza?
- Where can I get more information about Relenza and 2009 H1N1?
Are there people who should not take Relenza?
Yes. Relenza is not for people who have chronic lung diseases such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Also, since the Relenza powder contains lactose, people who have an allergy to lactose should not use Relenza.
Should women who are pregnant or nursing take Relenza?
Relenza may be of benefit for some pregnant and nursing women with 2009 H1N1 influenza. At this time, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that pregnant women who are sick from 2009 H1N1 influenza may develop more serious illness and should get be treated with a flu drug. Pregnant and nursing women are advised to talk with a healthcare professional before using Relenza.
What are the most common side effects of Relenza?
The most common side effects of Relenza are:
- nasal irritation
- ear, nose, and throat infections.
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