How Do RSV Agents Work?

Reviewed on 10/22/2021

How Do RSV Agents Work?

RSV agents are drugs mainly used to treat respiratory syncytial virus infections, which is the leading cause of viral respiratory tract infections in children. There are currently two drugs approved for RSV disease: palivizumab and ribavirin.

Palivizumab binds with the protein present in the virus, forming a shield. As a result, they fail to infect human cells. On the other hand, ribavirin, an antiviral agent, prevents the multiplication of the virus.

What Are Uses of RSV Agents?

Palivizumab (injection) can help protect certain infants and children 2 years of age and younger who are at an increased risk of serious complications from RSV.

Ribavirin is used in combination with other antiviral medications (such as interferon, sofosbuvir) to treat chronic hepatitis C (viral infection of the liver).

What Are Side Effects of RSV Agents?

The side effects vary depending on the drug. Some of the side effects of palivizumab include:

Other side effects of ribavirin include:

The information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible side effects, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. Check with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure these drugs do not cause any harm when you take them along with other medicines. Never stop taking your medication and never change your dose or frequency without consulting your doctor.


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What Are Drug Names of RSV Agents?

Names of RSV Agents include:

Medscape. RSV Agents.

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