Tamiflu is a drug with generic name of Oseltamivir. It is a drug belonging to the family of antivirals. Anti-virus drugs such as Tamiflu are used to treat diseases that are caused by viruses thus, the name antiviral.
Tamiflu is indicated for the treatment of viral infections especially flu viruses. Tamiflu can treat influenza A and influenza B.
Tamiflu can also decrease the ailments that occur together with flu such as weakness, headache, cough, fever and sore throat in just the first day of intake.
Tamiflu can also prevent the onset of flu even if you have been exposed to people who have it.
Before deciding to take Tamiflu, tell your doctor if you have known or unknown allergies to Tamiflu's components as you may be advised not to take Tamiflu.
Tamiflu has not been tested on pregnant women yet but animals studies have shown that Tamiflu can cause birth defects on the animals that were tested. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, do not take Tamiflu or buy Tamiflu without first consulting your doctor.
Tamiflu passes into the breast milk of nursing mothers and it is fairly safe to breast feed an infant provided that you first discuss with your doctor the risks and odds of breast feeding.
Before taking Tamiflu, if you have any of the following medical conditions, it is best that you first inform your doctor about it as having them may affect the effect of Tamiflu on your body:
- Heart problems
- Kidney ailments
- Other viral infections aside from Influenza A or Influenza B.
- Lung Problems
- Liver diseases
- Other serious medical problems that need constant medical attention
Tamiflu Intake Guidelines
Take Tamiflu as exactly directed by your doctor. Never deviate from your doctor's instructions on how to take Tamiflu.
Tamiflu can be taken with or without food as it is not a stomach irritant. But if Tamiflu is taken with food, the lesser are the chances of stomach upsets.
Tamiflu can be taken for a minimum of 5 days and the taking of Tamiflu should not be abruptly ceased even if the patient begins to feel better. The patient should continue with Tamiflu until the duration specified by the doctor as this would help clear out the infection more efficiently.
If you are using the oral suspension of Tamiflu, be sure to accurately measure the exact doses of Tamiflu through a dose-measuring cup or spoon to prevent Overdosage. Also make sure the bottle containing the Tamiflu suspension is shaken well before use to disperse and mix the contents of Tamiflu well.
Before you buy Tamiflu, the expiration dates on the Tamiflu medicine should also first be checked before taking it as taking an expired medicine may do you more harm than good.
For the treatment of Influenza, the dosage of Tamiflu is:
- 75 mg of Tamiflu for adults to be taken twice a day for up to five days
- 30-75 mg of Tamiflu for children to be taken twice a day for up to five days. The exact dose of Tamiflu is usually dependent upon the body weight and other factors determined by your doctor.
- The dose of Tamiflu for infants must be determined by a pediatrician.
For the prophylactic treatment of influenza with Tamiflu, the dosage is:
- 75 mg of Tamiflu for adults to be taken once a day for up to 7 days
- The dosage of Tamiflu for children must be determined by a pediatrician.
The recommended oral dose of TAMIFLU oral suspension for pediatric patients 1 year and older or adult patients who cannot swallow a capsule is:
|Body Weight in kg
||Body Weight in lbs
for 5 Days
Bottles Needed to
||30 mg twice daily
|>15 kg to 23 kg
||>33 lbs to 51 lbs
||45 mg twice daily
|>23 kg to 40 kg
||>51 lbs to 88 lbs
||60 mg twice daily
||75 mg twice daily
There are no data about the symptoms of Tamiflu overdose but if you suspect Tamiflu overdose and notice anything of the unusual, immediately seek emergency medical attention.
Tamiflu Missed Dose
The effects of Tamiflu can only be fully felt when Tamiflu is continuously taken at a regular interval. If possible, it should be ensured that no dose of Tamiflu is missed. However, if it unavoidable that a dose of Tamiflu is missed, you should take the dose you missed as soon as you remember provided that it is not near the time for the next dose. Never take the missed dose of Tamiflu two hours (or earlier) before the next dose of Tamiflu. Do not take double doses of Tamiflu.
Tamiflu Side Effects
Taking Tamiflu may entail some unwanted side effects. The side effects of Tamiflu may range from mild to severe. These are the side effects associated with Tamiflu:
- Phlegm production
- Stomach cramps
- Stomach upsets
- Nosebleed (frequently and most commonly occurring in children)
- Itching of eyes
- Redness of eyes
- Skin flushing
- Swelling of eyes and excessive production of tears
Other side effects of Tamiflu aside from these may also occur aside from the ones mentioned above and if you experience any of these side effects and if they become intolerable and bothersome immediately discontinue use of Tamiflu and ask your doctor on what to do next.
* If you or your loved ones are showing signs of the flu, call your doctor or pediatrician immediately. Why is it urgent to act quickly? Because the antiviral medications that can stop the flu episode need to be prescribed and treatment begun within 48 hours of the first symptoms.
The antiviral medication TAMIFLU was prescribed more often than any other during last year's flu season. It is indicated for the treatment of influenza in patients aged 1 year and older who have had symptoms for no more than 2 days.
TAMIFLU attacks the influenza virus and stops 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.
TAMIFLU is also indicated for the prevention of influenza in adults and adolescents aged 13 years and older. Call your doctor now. Ask if TAMIFLU is right for you for the treatment or prevention of flu.