Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Synagis include the following:
- This medication is given as an intramuscular (IM) injection (an injection into a muscle) once a month during the RSV season. The injection is usually administered in the thigh muscle.
- The injection is usually given by a healthcare provider in a healthcare setting, such as a doctor's office or clinic. You may be taught how to give this medicine at home. If so, make sure you fully understand how to give the injections before doing so.
- The Synagis vial should be inspected before use. This medication should not be used if it contains particles or is discolored.
- Synagis comes in single-use vials. The vial should be thrown away after each dose, even if there is medication remaining.
- For this drug to work properly, it must be used as prescribed. Try to keep all of your appointments to receive Synagis until your healthcare provider tells you it is no longer needed.
The dose of Synagis your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on your weight. As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Synagis Dosage for more information.)
Just like any medicine, Synagis may cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects seen with Synagis include but are not limited to:
- Upper respiratory tract infections, such as the common cold
- Ear infections
- Runny or stuffy nose.
(Click Synagis Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)