Virazole

Generic Name: Ribavirin

  • What is Virazole?

    Virazole is a medicine used in children to treat severe lower respiratory (lung) tract infections caused by a virus called respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Virazole?

    Virazole can cause problems with your child's breathing or lung function. The doctor will monitor your child closely during treatment with Virazole.

  • Who should not take Virazole?

    The doctor will not use Virazole if your child is allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

    Virazole is not for adult use. Also, do not expose yourself to Virazole if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Virazole?

    Tell the doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications your child is taking before beginning treatment with Virazole. Also, talk to the doctor about your child's complete medical history, especially if he/she was born too early (premature), has a suppressed immune system, or has heart or lung diseases.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Children: The doctor will administer the appropriate dose for your child based on his/her condition.

  • How should I take Virazole?

    The doctor will administer Virazole inhalation to your child in a hospital setting.

  • What should I avoid while taking Virazole?

    Do not miss your child's scheduled follow-up appointments with the doctor.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Virazole?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Virazole at this time. However, always tell the doctor about any medicines your child takes, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Virazole?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: breathing problems, conjunctivitis ("pink eye"), irregular heartbeat, lung infections, rash

  • Can I receive Virazole if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Virazole is intended for use only by infants and young children. Virazole should not be exposed to pregnant or breastfeeding women.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Virazole?

    Virazole should be given under special circumstances determined by your child's doctor.

  • How should I store Virazole?

    Your doctor will store this medication for your child.