Rapivab

(peramivir)

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Reduces the symptoms of the flu.

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Rapivab (peramivir) can reduce flu symptoms in adults, but it needs to be given within two days of the flu starting or it won't work.

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Quick facts about Rapivab
  • Drug class: infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • Rapivab (peramivir) can shorten the amount of time you have flu symptoms by about 1 day.
  • Rapivab (peramivir) is an option for people who cannot take flu medications by mouth (like Tamiflu) or by inhalation (like Relenza).
  • Rapivab (peramivir) is a single-dose treatment so you only need to get it once.
  • Rapivab (peramivir) can be lifesaving in patients with other health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, or HIV/AIDS.
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Downsides

  • Rapivab (peramivir) is not a take home medication. Your doctor must administer it to you.
  • If you have had flu symptoms for more than 2 days, Rapivab (peramivir) will not work well for you.
  • Like other flu medications, Rapivab (peramivir) can in some cases cause sudden confusion, hallucinations, or unusual behavior.
  • Rarely, Rapivab (peramivir) can cause serious skin problems. Tell your doctor right away if your skin is red, swollen, blistered or peeling.
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How it works

Rapivab (peramivir) is an antiviral medication that works by stopping the flu from being released and infecting your body.

Quick facts about Rapivab
  • Drug class: infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Used for

  • Flu treatment

Dosage forms

  • Injection
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What to expect when you take Rapivab (peramivir) for Flu

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  • Possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
  • Lower white blood cell count
  • Abnormal liver function test
  • Increased blood sugar
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Side effect rates for Rapivab (peramivir)

From 664 clinical trials of Rapivab when taken for flu (600 mg iv once)
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    8%8%
    7%7%
  • Lower white blood cell count
    8%8%
    6%6%
  • Increased blood sugar
    5%5%
    3%3%
  • Abnormal liver function test
    3%3%
    2%2%
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Risks and Warnings for Rapivab (peramivir)

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  • It's possible that Rapivab (peramivir) interferes with how well the nasal flu vaccine works. You should wait at least two weeks after you've had the nasal flu vaccine before you use Rapivab (peramivir) or two days after you've taken it.

Common concerns from people taking Rapivab (peramivir)

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Kidneys and liver
  • Rapivab (peramivir) is processed by your kidneys. If you have kidney problems, your doctor might do blood tests before giving it to you.