What is it and how is it used?
SYNAGIS contains an active ingredient called palivizumab which is an antibody that works specifically against a virus called respiratory syncytial virus, RSV.
Your child is at high risk of getting an illness caused by a virus called respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). SYNAGIS is a medicine to help protect your child from getting severe RSV illness.
What do you have to consider before using it?
Your child should not be given SYNAGIS
- if he/she has ever had an allergic (hypersensitive) reaction to the active ingredient of SYNAGIS (palivizumab) or to any of the other ingredients of SYNAGIS (see a full list of ingredients in Section 6)
Take special care with SYNAGIS
- if your child is unwell. Please tell your doctor if your child is unwell, as the use of SYNAGIS may need to be delayed.
- if your child has any bleeding disorders as SYNAGIS is usually injected into the thigh.
Taking other medicines
SYNAGIS is not known to interact with other medicines. However, you should inform your doctor of all medicines your child is currently taking before starting SYNAGIS.
How is it used?
Instructions for proper use
How often will SYNAGIS be given to my child?
SYNAGIS should be given to your child at a dose of 15 mg/kg body weight once a month for as long as the risk of RSV infection remains. For your child?s best protection, it is necessary to take the doctor?s advice about when to return for additional doses of SYNAGIS.
If your child is to have a heart operation (cardiac bypass surgery), he or she may be given an extra dose of SYNAGIS after the operation. Your child can then go back to the original planned injection.
How will my child receive SYNAGIS?
SYNAGIS will be given by injection to your child into a muscle, usually in the outer part of the thigh.
What should you do if you feel that your child has become ill while being treated with SYNAGIS? If your child becomes ill, please contact your doctor immediately.
What should you do if your child misses an injection of SYNAGIS?
If your child misses an injection, you should contact your doctor as soon as possible. Each injection of SYNAGIS can only help protect your child for about one month before another injection is needed.
If you have any further questions on how this product will be given to your child, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
What are possible side effects?
Like all medicines, SYNAGIS can causeside effects, although not everybody gets them.
What side effects may occur while taking SYNAGIS?
Common (affects 1 to 10 users in 100):
redness or swelling at the injection site;
Uncommon (affects 1 to 10 users on 1000):
decrease in white blood cell counts;
increase in liver function tests which will be seen in blood tests;
upper respiratory infection.
Not known (occurence cannot be estimated):
reduced platelet count (cells that are needed for blood clotting)
a pause in breathing or other breathing difficulties
severe allergic reactions
What should you do if side effects occur?
If your child shows any side effects after receiving SYNAGIS you should contact your doctor. If any of the side effects get serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, contact your doctor.
How should it be stored?
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use SYNAGIS after the expiry date which is stated on the label.
Store in a refrigerator (2ºC-8 °C)
After reconsititution use within 3 hours.
Do not freeze.
Store in the original container
What SYNAGIS contains
- The active substance is palivizumab. 50 mg per vial, providing 100 mg/ml of palivizumab when reconstituted as recommended.
- The other ingredients are, -for the powder: histidine, glycine and mannitol. -for the solvent: water for injections.
What SYNAGIS looks like and contents of the pack
SYNAGIS is presented as a powder and solvent for solution for injection (50 mg of powder in vial) + 1 ml of solvent in ampoule - Pack size of 1.
SYNAGIS is a white to off-white cake.
Marketing Authorisation holder
Abbott Laboratories Ltd
Vanwall Business Park
I 04011 Campoverde di Aprilia
For any information about this medicine, please contact the local representative of the Marketing Authorisation Holder:
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SLOWLY add 0.6 ml of water for injections along the inside wall of the vial to minimise foaming. After the water is added, tilt the vial slightly and gently rotate the vial for 30 seconds.
DO NOT SHAKE VIAL.
Palivizumab solution should stand at room temperature for a minimum of 20 minutes until the solution clarifies. Palivizumab solution does not contain a preservative and should be administered within 3 hours of preparation. Any remaining contents should be discarded after use.
When reconstituted as recommended the final concentration is 100 mg/ml.
Palivizumab should not be mixed with any medicinal products or diluents other than water for injections.
Palivizumab is administered once a month intramuscularly, preferably in the anterolateral aspect of the thigh. The gluteal muscle should not be used routinely as an injection site because of the risk of damage to the sciatic nerve. The injection should be given using standard aseptic technique. Injection volumes over 1 ml should be given as a divided dose.
Palivizumab dose per month (ml) = patient weight (kg) x dose (15 mg/kg)
100 mg/ml palivizumab
For example, for a baby with a bodyweight of 3 kg, the calculation becomes:
3 x 15 = 0.45 ml palivizumab dose per month