How does Relenza work?
Relenza powder has the ingredient zanamivir, which is a type of drug called a neuraminidase inhibitor. Zanamivir binds to neuraminidase on the virus and prevents it from working properly. This stops the flu virus (influenza) from spreading and passing on the infection to further cells. The infection is then confined to a smaller area helping you recover faster. The symptoms of the infection are less severe and the body’s immune system is able to kill off the the virus in a shorter time frame.
Zanamivir can also be used to prevent flu in people who have been in contact with someone with the virus. In this case the Relenza should be started within 36 hours of being in contact with the infected person.
How do I take Relenza?
In healthy people, Relenza cuts down the time of flu symptoms. To treat the flu in adults, the medicine should be started within 48 hours of the symptoms starting. In children it should be started within 36 hours of the symptoms starting. Relenza inhalation powder is administered to the respiratory tract by oral inhalation only, using a diskhaler device.
All medicine has side effects associated with taking them however not everyone will suffer from them. Keep in mind that the benefits of taking medication to prevent a serious condition are more important than some minor side effects. Most side effects usually only last 1-2 weeks when taking a new medication.
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stomach upset
- Difficulty breathing
All medication will come with side effect information from the manufactures. It is also best you talk to your doctor if you have any concerns as they maybe able to change the dose or medication.
How do I buy Relenza online?
First you need to obtain a valid prescription through an online consultation to purchase prescription relenza to treat influenza. This is a free and short consultation from the privacy of your home. This replaces the face-to-face consult you would normally have with a doctor. Once you have been approved Relenza will be sent out to you as quickly as possible.