palivizumab (generic name)

It is used in high risk children to prevent severe cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection
(pal i VI zu mab)
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What is this medicine?

PALIVIZUMAB (pal i VI zu mab) is an antibody. It is used in high risk children to prevent severe cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection. Children treated with this medicine may still get RSV but will not get as sick as if they were not treated at all. This medicine does not protect against other infections.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • blood or bleeding disorder
  • immune system problem
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to palivizumab, vaccines or antibodies, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for injection into a muscle. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

It is important not to miss your dose. Call your doctor or health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment.

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

See your health care provider for monthly injections of this medicine as directed.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • blue color to lips, skin
  • breathing problems
  • loss of appetite
  • ear pain
  • fast, irregular heart beat
  • fever
  • less active
  • less alert
  • very irritable

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • cough
  • pain at site where injected
  • runny nose

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Last Updated: July 16, 2009
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