What is Antiflu (Oseltamivir) used for?
Antiflu (Oseltamivir) is used in the treatment of the flu virus. It is effective in reducing flu symptoms, such as nasal congestion, coughing, a sore throat and fatigue, while also helping patients to recover quicker. It may be used to prevent flu infection in people who have been exposed to somebody with the flu, such as a family member, however it is important to note that while this drug stops the virus from growing, it is not a substitute for a flu vaccine.
How should I use Antiflu (Oseltamivir)?
Antiflu (Oseltamivir) capsules should be taken orally. Patients should take this medication at the onset of influenza symptoms, or as soon as possible. Patients who have the flu are sometimes directed to take this medication twice per day for 5 days. If it is being used to prevent the flu after you have been exposed to the virus, the usual dosage is one capsule per day for a minimum of 10 days. However it is important to note that these doses will vary from patient to patient, depending on several factors. Therefore, patients are advised to consult their physician before taking this medication so that the correct dosage can be prescribed.
What are the side effects of Antiflu (Oseltamivir)?
Antiflu (Oseltamivir) may cause side effects to occur, such as:
You should consult your physician immediately if any of these side effects persist or worsen, or if you notice confusion, hallucinations or strange behavior.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Antiflu (Oseltamivir). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.