Side Effects of Zanamivir

Common Side Effects of Zanamivir

Zanamivir has been thoroughly studied in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occur in a group of people taking the drug are documented and then compared to the side effects that occur in another group of people not taking the medicine. As a result, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine. If a potential "side effect" occurs more frequently in people not taking the medication, it is not a true side effect.
In these studies, the most common side effects of zanamivir included:
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Sinus infections
  • Ear, nose, or throat infections
  • Dizziness
  • Joint pain or other joint problems.
Many other "side effects" occurred during clinical studies, but these problems occurred just as often (or more often) in the people who were not taking the medication.

Final Thoughts on Side Effects of Zanamivir

You may experience some or none of the side effects of zanamivir listed in this article. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to tell whether any particular side effect is actually caused by zanamivir or other factors (such as the flu itself). Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while taking the drug or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be a side effect of zanamivir, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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