[Bird Flu Information] Tamiflu is a product with generic name of Oseltamivir. It is a product 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 Tamiflus 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:
Other viral infections aside from Influenza A or Influenza B.
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 product should also first be checked before taking it as taking an expired product 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 Recommended Dose
for 5 Days Number of
Bottles Needed to
/15 kg /33 lbs 30 mg twice daily 1
15 kg to 23 kg 33 lbs to 51 lbs 45 mg twice daily 2
23 kg to 40 kg 51 lbs to 88 lbs 60 mg twice daily 2
40 kg 88 lbs 75 mg twice daily 3
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:
Nosebleed (frequently and most commonly occurring in children)
Itching of eyes
Redness of eyes
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.
Tamiflu Drug Reactions
Always inform your doctor of the drugs you are taking, may they be prescription or non-prescription drugs.
Drugs that may adversely interact with Tamiflu are the drugs containing Probenecid. Combining Tamiflu and drugs containing Probenecid may result in higher blood levels for patients.