What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking zanamivir if you have:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Other lung diseases
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods (especially milk proteins), dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Relenza and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Relenza and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Zanamivir to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
Dosing Information for ZanamivirThe dose of zanamivir that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Whether you are treating or preventing the flu
- For flu prevention, whether you are taking zanamivir because of a flu case in your household or because of a flu outbreak in your community
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you are taking.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Zanamivir Dosing for more information.)