As part of our commitment to you we strongly advise that you read through the following information on Tamiflu. We hope that it will answer many of your questions. However, should your questions remain unanswered we advise that you consult with your doctor. This is not a comprehensive review of Tamiflu but a compiled guide to the use and effects. If any aspect of taking Tamiflu concerns you consult with your doctor before ordering.
Tamiflu. Is it for you?
Tamiflu is a medicine to treat flu (infection caused by influenza virus) in adults and children aged 1 year and older, where the symptoms started within the last day or two. Tamiflu can also reduce the chance of getting the flu in certain circumstances.
It belongs to a group of medicines called neuraminidase inhibitors. These medications attack the influenza virus and prevent it from spreading inside your body. Tamiflu treats flu at its source by attacking the virus that causes the flu, rather than simply masking symptoms. Typical symptoms of flu include sudden onset of fever and chills, cough, muscle pain, headache, fatigue and weakness. Some people also get a stuffy nose and sore throat.
How does Tamiflu work?
Tamiflu prevents the flu from spreading inside the body. You already have the flu, but this medicine attacks the flu virus
Each Tamiflu capsule (grey/light yellow) contains 75 mg of active drug and should be taken by mouth. This should be taken twice daily (once in the morning and once in the evening) for five days. Tamiflu can be taken with or without food. As with many medicines, if taken with a light snack, milk, or a meal, the potential for stomach upset may be reduced. You should complete the entire treatment of ten capsules, even if you are feeling better. It is important that you begin your treatment with Tamiflu as soon as possible from the first appearance of your flu symptoms.
Who should not take Tamiflu?
You should not take TAMIFLU if you are allergic to oseltamivir phosphate or any other ingredients of TAMIFLU. Before starting treatment, make sure your doctor knows if you are taking any other medication or have any type of kidney disease.
Can I give Tamiflu to my child under 1 year of age?
Tamiflu is indicated for the treatment of influenza in patients 1 year and older who have had symptoms for no more than 2 days.
Who should take Tamiflu?
Patients 1 year and older who have flu symptoms that appeared within the previous day or two. Typical symptoms of flu include sudden onset of fever and chills, cough, muscle pain, headache, fatigue and weakness. Some people also get a stuffy nose and sore throat.
What can I expect if I take Tamiflu?
In two large clinical trials, one conducted in the USA and one conducted outside the USA, flu patients who took Tamiflu felt better 1.3 days (30%) faster than flu patients who did not take Tamiflu.
Can I take other medications withTamiflu?
Tamiflu has been shown to have a good safety profile, with minimal chance of drug interactions. Your doctor or healthcare professional may recommend taking over-the-counter medications to reduce fever or other symptoms while the antiviral action of Tamiflu takes effect. Before starting treatment make sure that your healthcare professional knows if you are taking any other medication.
What if I miss a dose?
If you forget to take your medicine at any time, take the missed dose as soon as you remember, unless if it is near the next dose (within 2 hours). You can continue to take Tamiflu at the usual times. You do not need to take a double-dose. If you have missed several doses, inform your doctor and follow the advice given to you.
What are common possible side effects of Tamiflu treatment?
Tamiflu is generally well tolerated. The most common side effects are nausea and vomiting. Taking Tamiflu with food may reduce the potential of these side effects. If you notice any side effects not mentioned - or if you have any concerns about the side effects you are experiencing, please inform your healthcare professional.
What if I am pregnant or nursing?
If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant while taking Tamiflu, talk to your doctor before taking this medication. Tamiflu is normally not recommended for use during pregnancy or nursing, as the effects on the unborn child or nursing infant are unknown.
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