Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about SYNAGIS.
It does not contain all the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of your child using SYNAGIS against the benefits they expect it will have for him/her.
If you have any concerns about your child using this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with the medicine. You may need to read it again.
What SYNAGIS is used for
SYNAGIS is used to help prevent a serious illness caused by a virus called respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
RSV illness usually occurs during the months of winter and early spring. It can cause a serious infection in the lungs of your child resulting in him/ her being hospitalised. Your child is at high risk of getting this illness.
SYNAGIS belongs to a group of medicines called antibodies (or disease fighting substances).
The active substance in SYNAGIS is called palivizumab and is made from humanized genetic material. It works only against RSV.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for your child. Your doctor may have prescribed SYNAGIS for another reason.
Before your child is given SYNAGIS
When your child must not be given it
SYNAGIS must not be used if your child is allergic to it or to any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.
SYNAGIS must not be used if your child is allergic to similar medicines.
Before your child begins to use it
If your child is unwell, tell your doctor as the use of SYNAGIS may need to be delayed.
Tell your doctor if your child has any bleeding disorders.
Tell your doctor if your child has allergies to any other medicines, any other substances, such as foods, preservatives or dyes
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor if your child is taking any other medicines, including any that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before SYNAGIS is given.
How SYNAGIS is given
How much to take
SYNAGIS should be given to your child once a month for as long as the risk of RSV infection remains.
The dose given will depend on your child's weight and is usually 15 mg/ kg.
To best protect your child, it is necessary to follow the instructions from your doctor about return visits for additional doses.
How to take it
SYNAGIS is provided as a solution, ready for injection.
The injection is given into the muscle, most commonly in the outer part of the thigh.
If you take too much (overdose)
As SYNAGIS will be given by a health professional, it is very unlikely that your child will receive too much. The health professional will know how to deal with any overdose that your child accidentally receives.
Immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (Australia: Telephone 13 11 26; New Zealand: Telephone 0800 764 766), or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital, if you think your child has been given too much SYNAGIS. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.
While your child is using SYNAGIS
Things you must do
Contact your doctor immediately if your child becomes ill while using SYNAGIS.
Contact your doctor as soon as possible, if your child misses an injection.
Each injection of SYNAGIS can only help protect your child for about one month before another injection is needed.
All medicines have some unwanted side effects. Sometimes they are serious, but most of the time they are not.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Contact your doctor if your child shows any side effects after receiving SYNAGIS.
Tell your doctor if your child has any of the following:
- redness or swelling at the injection site
- cold or ear infection
These are the most common side effects that your child may have while on SYNAGIS.
Tell your doctor immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital if your child has any of the following:
- swelling to the face, lips, mouth, throat or neck
- difficulty in swallowing or breathing
These are very serious side effects. If your child has them, he/she may have had a serious allergic reaction to SYNAGIS. Your child may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation. These side effects are rare.
Tell your doctor if you notice anything else that is making your child unwell. Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. Your child may not experience any of them.
After using it
As SYNAGIS is given to you by a health professional, you will not need to store the medicine yourself. The hospital staff will keep the medicine in a refrigerator until it is time to use it.
The hospital staff will dispose of any unused medicine.
What it looks like
SYNAGIS is available as a clear, colourless solution supplied in a vial. It is available in two strengths: 50 mg/0.5 mL and 100 mg/ 1 mL.
Each vial of SYNAGIS contains 50 mg or 100 mg of palivizumab.
Each vial also contains the following inactive ingredients:
SYNAGIS is supplied by:
AbbVie Pty Ltd
241 O'Riordan Street
Mascot NSW 2020
6th Floor, 156-158 Victoria St
AUST R 231133/ TT50-6267/1
SYNAGIS palivizumab solution for injection 50mg/0.5mL vial*
AUST R 231139/ TT50-6267/1a
SYNAGIS palivizumab solution for injection 100mg/1mL vial
* This presentation is not marketed in New Zealand
This leaflet was prepared in November 2018
Published by MIMS January 2019