What is Tamiflu (Oseltamivir) used for?
Tamiflu (Oseltamivir) is used to treat the symptoms of influenza. Common flu symptoms include nasal blockage, coughing, throat pain and tiredness. It can also help to hasten the recovery time. Apart from being used to treat the virus, it is also used to prevent infection in people who may have come in contact with somebody suffering from the flu, such as people living in the same house. This drug is not meant to be used as a replacement for influenza vaccination.
How should I use Tamiflu (Oseltamivir) ?
Tamiflu (Oseltamivir) capsules are taken orally. This drug is most effective if taken as soon as flu symptoms are noticed. It is common for patients suffering from influenza to be directed to take this drug twice per day for a period of 5 days. When used as a preventative measure, patients may be prescribed one capsule for at least 10 days. Patients should note that the exact dosage required may vary for each patient, and patients should always consult their physician before taking this medication in order for the correct dosage to be prescribed.
What are the side effects of Tamiflu (Oseltamivir) ?
Some side effects which may occur as a result of taking Tamiflu (Oseltamivir) include:
Patients are advised to consult their physician immediately if any of these side effects persist or worsen, or if other more serious side effects occur such as hallucinations, unusual behavior or feelings of confusion.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Tamiflu (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.