Palivizumab Side Effects

Some children may experience serious side effects with palivizumab. Seek medical care immediately if your child is using this medicine and experiences potentially serious problems, such as persistent coughing, a rash, or difficulty breathing. Most reactions to this drug, however, tend to be minor and easy to treat. Common problems include fever, an ear infection, and a stuffy nose.

An Introduction to Side Effects of Palivizumab

Just like any medicine, palivizumab (Synagis®) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with palivizumab. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Serious Palivizumab Side Effects

Some side effects of palivizumab are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
  • Signs of infection, such as:
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Aches and pains
    • Persistent cough
    • Ear pain
  • An irregular heartbeat
  • Bluish lips or skin
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Persistent pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site
  • A bulge, protrusion of tissue, or swelling beneath the skin in the abdomen (stomach) or groin area
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • Hives
    • Rash
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling of the face
    • Wheezing or shortness of breath
    • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
    • Muscle weakness or floppiness.
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