Ribavirin Virazole (1539)

Key points below

What is Ribavirin?

Ribavirin is a medicine that is used to treat some lung viruses. It may be used if your child has an illness that makes it hard to fight infections.  

How is the medicine given?

The medicine is given in the hospital or a clinic. It comes as a powder that is made into a liquid.  The liquid is breathed into the lungs using a special machine.  Your child will be in a clear tent while they are getting the medicine. If you have questions, ask the doctor or nurse.

How long will the medicine be given? 

The medicine is given over several hours. The doctor will decide how many days your child needs the medicine.

What are the possible side effects?

The possible side effects include:

General information

For more health and wellness information, check out this resource: https://kidshealth.org/ChildrensWi/en/parents


Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child:

  • Has any side effect that does not go away after several hours.
  • Has a hard time breathing or is short of breath.
  • Gets a skin rash.
  • Gets pregnant or is trying to get pregnant while taking this medicine.
  • Has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.