What is Synagis
is a man-made antibody to respiratory syncytial virus (RSV),
a virus that can cause serious illness in children. Synagis
inhibits the actions of RSV and helps to prevent the disease.
is used to prevent serious lower respiratory tract (lung)
disease caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in children
at high risk of RSV disease.
may also be used for purposes other than those listed here.
General medical information about Synagis
Synagis is usually administered once a month during
the RSV season. Your healthcare provider will give you detailed
instructions on when the shot will be administered.
What you should find out before taking
Do not take Synagis without first talking to your
doctor if you have
- a bleeding or blood clotting
- a low level of platelets in the blood.
You may not be able to use Synagis, or you may require
a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment.
RSV IG is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means
that it is not known whether it will be harmful to an unborn
baby. Do not use Synagis without first talking to your doctor
if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether Synagis passes into breast
milk. Do not use Synagis without first talking to your doctor
if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should take Synagis Synagis will be administered by intramuscular (into
the muscle) injection by a healthcare provider. If Synagis
is being administered at home, your healthcare provider
will give you instructions for administration.
is usually administered once a month during the RSV season.
Your healthcare provider will give you detailed instructions
on when the shot will be administered.
provider will store Synagis as directed by the manufacturer.
If Synagis is being stored at home, your healthcare provider
will give you storage instructions.
If you miss a dose: Contact your healthcare provider if a dose of Synagis
What happens if you overdose: Seek emergency medical attention if an overdose of
Synagis is suspected. No information is available regarding
an overdose of Synagis.
Avoid while taking Synagis There are no restrictions on food, beverages, or
activity during treatment with Synagis.
Possible side effects of Synagis Seek emergency medical attention or notify the doctor
immediately if a rare but serious allergic reaction (difficulty
breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips,
tongue, or face; or hives) to Synagis is experienced.
Other less serious side effects may also occur. Talk to
your doctor if any of the following occur:
- pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site;
- fever; or
- vomiting or diarrhea.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur.
Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual
or that is especially bothersome.
What other drugs will affect Synagis
is not known whether other medications will interact with
Synagis. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking
any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including
herbal products during treatment with Synagis.