You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to ribavirin. This medicine is usually given to young children and babies. If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, you should not receive this medicine or be nearby while someone is having a treatment with this medicine. Ribavirin may be very harmful to an unborn baby.
Your doctor will prescribe your dose and tell how often it will be given.
A machine called a SPAG-2 (small particle aerosol generator) is usually used to give your treatment. The machine turns the medicine into a mist that you breathe into your lungs. You will wear a mask or hood or be in an oxygen tent so you can breathe in the medicine.
A nurse or other caregiver trained to use the SPAG-2 will give your treatment. The medicine may be given nonstop for 12 to 18 hours a day and is usually given at a hospital.
Ribavirin comes as a powder that needs to be mixed with sterile water before it given.
If a dose is missed:
If you miss a dose, call your doctor for instructions.
Talk with your doctor before using the medicine if you are breastfeeding.
Before you start treatments with this medicine, tell your doctor if you are pregnant. If you become pregnant while you are being treated, tell your doctor right away. Ribavirin may be very harmful to your unborn baby.
Do not have pregnant family members or friends nearby when you are having your treatments. They may breathe in enough of the medicine to put their unborn baby in danger.