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Dr. Peter Ihle
10 doctors shared insights

Relenza (Overview)

Relenza is a flu/influenza agent which is a kind of anti-viral drug (antibiotic and antimicrobial).


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How effective is relenza (zanamivir)?

How effective is  relenza (zanamivir)?

Very Effective: Relenza (zanamivir) is a treatment for influenza(flu) that is administered by inhaler. Dose is 2 puffs twice a day for 5 days. It is an alternative to tamiflu which is a pill that is taken twice a day for 5 days. Most patients prefer the pill & the only reason I use Relenza (zanamivir) is if the patient took tamiflu & experienced side effects. Both medicines are specific & effective for treating influenza. ...Read more

Dr. Peter Ihle
10 doctors shared insights

Relenza (Overview)

Relenza is a flu/influenza agent which is a kind of anti-viral drug (antibiotic and antimicrobial).


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How effective is relenza (zanamivir)?

Very Effective: Relenza (zanamivir) is a treatment for influenza(flu) that is administered by inhaler. Dose is 2 puffs twice a day for 5 days. It is an alternative to tamiflu which is a pill that is taken twice a day for 5 days. Most patients prefer the pill & the only reason I use Relenza (zanamivir) is if the patient took tamiflu & experienced side effects. Both medicines are specific & effective for treating influenza. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about zanamivir (relenza) and its side effects?

What can you tell me about zanamivir (relenza) and its side effects?

Bronchospasm: in general, Relenza (zanamivir) is a safe drug except in asthmatic who are poorly controlled. the drug itself does not cause bronchospasm rather the powder form which is made of. other side effect from pulmonary stand point is the activation of mycoplasma infection , it is poorly understood mechanism on how it occurs in asthmatics as well. overall it is a safe drug. ...Read more

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What happens if you take tamiflu & relenza (zanamivir) that is about to expire?

What happens if you take tamiflu & relenza (zanamivir) that is about to expire?

Effective: It should be effective if the expiration date is not past and the medicine has been properly stored. ...Read more

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Can I get relenza (zanamivir) for flu prevention?

Can I get  relenza (zanamivir) for flu prevention?

Yes: Its a prescription medication, so ask your md. ...Read more

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Are tamiflu and relenza (zanamivir) effective antiviral drugs?

When used properly.: Their usefulness is limited to influenza (real flu, not "flu-like illness") if used in the first 48 hours of the illness. ...Read more

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Is tamiflu or relenza (zanamivir) effective for swine flu?

Is tamiflu or relenza (zanamivir) effective for swine flu?

Partly: It may shorten the course of illness by a couple of days if started early in the course of infection. ...Read more

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Should you take antivirals such as tamiflu/relenza if you have the flu & asthma?

I would: Although you need to start them in the first 48hrs , these meds do reduce the replication of flu germs and for many make the illness more tolerable. For about 30% the meds will not help at all, due to drug resistence. If taken too late, there is less benefit if drug sensitive. ...Read more

Dr. Corey Clay
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Zanamivir (Definition)

Zanamivir is a flu/influenza agent which is a kind of anti-viral ...Read more