Also Known as Relenza Rotadisk
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Relenza is an influenza treatment medication available by prescription and taken as a breathable powder that disables the flu virus and makes it unable to spread throughout the body. The Relenza generic name is Zanamivir, and this antiviral drug aids in users overcoming the flu more quickly or preventing the onset of flu if taken at first sign of getting the virus. The Relenza Diskhaler is similar in constituency and function to Tamiflu, and for some people the breathable Relenza medication begins to work faster and suppresses flu more effectively than Tamiflu.
Standard dosage for the Relenza Diskhaler is Relenza 10mg, taken by inhaling Relenza 5mg puffs once or 2x or day depending on what's shown in your prescription. Taking puffs after eating food is recommended.
Relenza is best when taken within 48 hours of flu symptoms starting to come on.
The active ingredient in Relenza is Zanamivir (Relenza generic name).
Let your doctor know of any history of COPD, chronic bronchospasms or other lung health conditions, diabetes, or heart conditions before starting on Relenza.
Medication must always be taken immediately every time a dose is loaded into the Relenza Diskhaler. Doses left in the inhaler after being loaded will spoil and cannot be inhaled for effective treatment.
Maximum dosage guidelines of 2 doses inhaled per day are not to be exceeded.
Relenza should not be taken longer than 5 days if taken at the standard 2x daily dosage.
Using Relenza can make flu vaccines less effective. Waiting at least 48 hours after your last dose of Relenza before getting any nasal version of the flu vaccine is important.
There are no known negative drug interaction risks between Relenza and other Rx or OTC medications, but it is always best to let your doctor know of all medications you are currently taking before getting a prescription and going to buy the Relenza Diskhaler online.
Relenza side effects may occur, and some users may have cough, diarrhea, ear, nose, or throat infection, headache, nausea and vomiting, sinusitis, dizziness, fever or chill, or joint problems. If Relenza side effects do occur it may be best to discontinue use and meet with your doctor again to discuss common flu relief medicated inhaler alternatives.