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Why is this medication prescribed?
Baloxavir marboxil is used to treat specific forms of influenza infection (the “flu”) in adults and children 5 years of age and older who have experienced flu-like symptoms for no more than two days and who are otherwise healthy or at high risk of experiencing complications from the flu. Additionally, some kinds of the flu are treated with baloxavir marboxil in adults and children over the age of 12 who have had symptoms for no more than two days and are at a high risk of complications from the illness. When a person has spent time with a sick person, it is also used to prevent the spread of some flu strains in adults and kids aged 5 and older. A group of drugs known as polymerase acidic endonuclease inhibitors includes baloxavir marboxil. It functions by preventing the flu virus from spreading throughout the body. The duration of flu symptoms such a runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, muscle or joint aches, fatigue, headache, fever, and chills can be reduced with the aid of baloxavir marboxil. Bacterial infections, which could develop as a side effect of the flu, will not be avoided by baloxavir marboxil.
How should this medicine be used?
Both a pill and a suspension (liquid) are available for oral use when taking baloxavir marboxil. It is typically administered once, with or without food. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Exactly as prescribed, use baloxavir marboxil.
Take baloxavir marboxil without dairy items like milk or yoghurt or beverages enriched with calcium.
Don’t shake the bottle when taking the suspension; instead, gently swirl the suspension thoroughly before using to combine the drug evenly (s). To measure the precise volume of liquid required for your dose, use an oral syringe that your pharmacist will supply. Less than one bottle, one bottle, or two bottles of the suspension may be needed for the entire dose. Take it only as directed by your doctor, neither more nor less. The suspension should not be used with soft foods or any other liquids.
Call your doctor if your flu symptoms do not start to improve, if you get new symptoms while taking baloxavir marboxil, or if you feel worse.
For a copy of the manufacturer’s information for the patient, ask your pharmacist or doctor.
Other uses for this medicine
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before taking baloxavir marboxil,
- If you have any allergies, including to any of the ingredients in baloxavir marboxil tablets or suspension, let your doctor and pharmacist know right once. Request a list of the components from your pharmacist.
- Inform your doctor and pharmacist about any additional prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, or dietary supplements you are currently taking or intend to take. Your physician might need to adjust the dosage of your drugs or keep a close eye on you for side effects.
- Baloxavir marboxil should not be taken with antacids, laxatives, iron products, calcium supplements, or vitamin or mineral supplements containing magnesium, aluminium, or calcium.
- Inform your doctor if you are expecting or nursing a child.
- If you have recently had a vaccine or have one scheduled, let your doctor know.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Keep eating normally unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Side effects from baloxavir marboxil are possible. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:
Baloxavir marboxil side effects can range from mild to severe. Call your doctor right away if you encounter any of these symptoms, or seek emergency care:
- Breathing issues or facial or throat swelling
- Swelling in the hands, feet, legs, and arms
- Irritation or hives
- Fresh red skin growth or lesion
Other negative effects of baloxavir marboxil are possible. If you experience any strange issues while taking this medicine, contact your doctor right away.
You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Store it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom).
As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning. http://www.upandaway.org
Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p for additional information.
In case of emergency/overdose
Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Additionally, information can be found online at https://www.poisonhelp.org/help. Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.
What other information should I know?
Keep all of your doctor’s appointments.
No one else should take your medication.
You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.