Xofluza

Xofluza is used to treat flu infections in people who have had flu symptoms for no more than 48 hours. Do not take Xofluza with dairy products, calcium-fortified beverages, laxatives or antacids.

Xofluza Overview

Reviewed: October 29, 2018
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Xofluza is a prescription medicine used to treat the flu (influenza) in people 12 years of age and older who have had flu symptoms for no more than 48 hours.

Xofluza belongs to a group of drugs called antivirals. These work by stopping the flu virus from growing and replicating by inhibiting viral protein production.

This medication comes in tablet (oral) form and is taken as a single dose, with or without food.

Common side effects of Xofluza include diarrhea, headache, nausea, and bronchitis.

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Uses of Xofluza

Xofluza is a prescription medicine used to treat the flu (influenza) in people 12 years of age and older who have had flu symptoms for no more than 48 hours.

It is not known if Xofluza is safe and effective in children less than 12 years of age or weighing less than 88 pounds (40 kg).

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Baloxavir marboxil

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Xofluza Drug Class

Xofluza is part of the drug class:

Side Effects of Xofluza

Serious side effects have been reported with Xofluza. See the “Xofluza Precautions” section.

Common side effects of Xofluza include the following:

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Common cold symptoms
  • Inflammation of the lung linings (bronchitis)

This is not a complete list of Xofluza side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.Tell your doctor if you have any side effects that bother you or that do not go awayCall your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Xofluza Interactions

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take:

  • Antacids that contain aluminum, calcium, or magnesium like calcium carbonate (TUMs), aluminum hydroxide (Maalox), and aluminum hydroxide and magnesium hydroxide (Mylanta)

  • Laxatives that contain magnesium or calcium like magnesium citrate and milk of magnesia (Phillips’)

  • Vitamin supplements like calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium

  • Flu vaccine

This is not a complete list of Xofluza drug interactions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Xofluza Precautions

Serious side effects have been reported with Xofluza including the following:

  • Bacterial infection risk. Xofluza does not help treat infections caused by bacterial, which also start with flu-like symptoms. Talk to your doctor to determine what type of infection you have.

Do not take Xofluza if you are allergic to Xofluza or to any of its ingredients.

Xofluza Food Interactions

Medications can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your doctor may advise you to avoid certain foods. In the case of Xofluza, foods that contain calcium, like dairy, has the potential to interact with the drug. Avoid taking Xofluza together with calcium products. Talk to your doctor how to adjust your diet when taking Xofluza.

Inform MD

Before taking Xofluza, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions. Especially tell your doctor if you:

  • are allergic to Xofluza or to any of its ingredients
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Talk to your healthcare provider before you receive a live flu vaccine after taking Xofluza.

Xofluza and Pregnancy

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

There are no well-done studies that have been done in humans with Xofluza. In animal studies, pregnant animals were given this medication and the babies did not show any medical issues related to this medication. Talk to your doctor to see your risks of using Xofluza.

Xofluza and Lactation

Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.

It is not known if Xofluza crosses into human milk. Because many medications can cross into human milk and because of the possibility for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants with use of this medication, a choice should be made whether to stop nursing or stop the use of this medication. Your doctor and you will decide if the benefits outweigh the risk of using Xofluza.

Xofluza Usage

  • Take Xofluza exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to.

  • Your healthcare provider will prescribe a single dose of Xofluza (which may be more than one tablet).

  • Take Xofluza with or without food.

  • Do not take Xofluza with dairy products, calcium-fortified beverages, laxatives, antacids or oral supplements containing iron, zinc, selenium, calcium or magnesium.

Xofluza Dosage

Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully.

The dose your doctor recommends may be based on the following:

  • the condition being treated

  • other medications you are taking

  • your weight

The recommended dosage rage of Xofluza (baloxavir marboxil) for the treatment of rapid onset simple, uncomplicated flu infection is 40 mg to 80 mg as a single dose depending on weight. Patients 40 kg to less than 80 kg should receive 40 mg. Patients 80 kg or greater should receive 80 mg.

Xofluza Overdose

If you take too much Xofluza , call your healthcare provider or local Poison Control Center, or seek emergency medical attention right away.

Other Requirements

  • Store Xofluza at room temperature between 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C).

  • Store Xofluza in the blister package that it comes in.

Keep Xofluza and all medicines out of the reach of children.