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Brand name: Virazide

Virazide is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) ribavirin. On this page you will find out more about Virazide, including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: ribavirin

Information for medicine and pack size:
Virazide 6 g powder for inhalation, 3 vials

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What this medicine is for

Ribavirin aerosol is indicated in the treatment of carefully selected hospitalised infants and young children below 2 years of age with severe lower respiratory tract infections due to respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Notes. 1. RSV infection should be documented by a rapid diagnostic method such as demonstration of viral antigen in respiratory tract secretions by immunofluorescence or ELISA before or during the first 24 hours of treatment. Ribavirin aerosol is indicated only for lower respiratory tract infection due to RSV. Treatment may be initiated while awaiting rapid diagnostic test results. However, treatment should not be continued without documentation of RSV infection. 2. Ribavirin aerosol treatment must be accompanied by and does not replace standard supportive respiratory and fluid management for infants and children with severe respiratory tract infection. 3. Only severe RSV lower respiratory tract infection is to be treated with ribavirin aerosol. The vast majority of infants and children with RSV infection have lower respiratory tract disease or have disease that is mild, self-limited, and does not require hospitalisation or antiviral treatment. Many children with mild lower respiratory tract involvement will require shorter hospitalisation than would be required for a full course of ribavirin aerosol (3 to 7 days) and should not be treated with the drug. Thus the decision to treat with ribavirin aerosol should be based on the severity of the RSV infection. The presence of an underlying condition such as prematurity or cardiopulmonary disease may increase the severity of the infection and its risk to the patient. High risk infants and young children with these underlying conditions may benefit from ribavirin treatment, although efficacy has been evaluated in only a small number of such patients.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance White, crystalline powder.
Dosage Form Solution, powder for
Route of administration Inhalation
Medicine schedule
6g: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Vial
Storage temperature Store below 25 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions Store in a Dry Place
Life time 3 Years
We were unable to verify that this medicine is available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme). Please consult your pharmacist if you need further information

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