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Palivizumab
Specialty Drug

Synagis

PALIVIZUMAB is an antibody. It is used in infants and 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. Compare monoclonal antibodies.
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Palivizumab Side Effects

What should I watch for?

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

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Interactions with Medications

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

More common

Bluish color of the fingernails, lips, skin, palms, or nail beds

blurred vision

confusion

cough

difficulty with breathing

difficulty with swallowing

dizziness

dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position

fast heartbeat

fever

hives or welts

irregular, fast or slow, or shallow breathing

itching

large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs

loss of strength or energy

muscle pain or weakness

redness of the skin

shortness of breath

skin rash

sweating

tightness in the chest

unresponsiveness

unusual tiredness or weakness

wheezing

Incidence not known

Black, tarry stools

bleeding gums

blood in the urine or stools

pinpoint red spots on the skin

unusual bleeding or bruising

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Incidence not known

Bleeding, blistering, burning, coldness, discoloration of the skin, feeling of pressure, hives, infection, inflammation, itching, lumps, numbness, pain, rash, redness, scarring, soreness, stinging, swelling, tenderness, tingling, ulceration, or warmth at the injection site

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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