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Tamiflu Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is oseltamivir (Tamiflu)?
- What are the possible side effects of oseltamivir (Tamiflu)?
- What is the most important information I should know about oseltamivir (Tamiflu)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using oseltamivir (Tamiflu)?
- How should I take oseltamivir (Tamiflu)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Tamiflu)?
- What happens if I overdose (Tamiflu)?
- What should I avoid while taking oseltamivir (Tamiflu)?
- What other drugs will affect oseltamivir (Tamiflu)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using oseltamivir (Tamiflu)?
Oseltamivir should not be used in place of getting a yearly flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control recommends an annual flu shot to help protect you each year from new strains of influenza virus.
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to oseltamivir.
To make sure you can safely take oseltamivir, tell your doctor if you have other medical conditions, especially:
- kidney disease;
- heart disease;
- lung disease;
- a condition causing swelling or disorder of the brain;
- any other serious disease or health problem; or
- if you have used a nasal flu vaccine (FluMist) within the past 2 weeks.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether oseltamivir is harmful to an unborn baby. However, not receiving this medication to prevent influenza could be harmful to the baby if the mother becomes infected with a disease that oseltamivir could prevent. Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are pregnant. Your doctor will decide whether you should receive oseltamivir, especially if you have a high risk of infection with H1N1 influenza (also called "swine" flu).
It is not known whether oseltamivir passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not take this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not give this medication to a child younger than 1 year old.
How should I take oseltamivir (Tamiflu)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Treatment with oseltamivir should start as soon as possible when flu symptoms appear, such as fever, chills, muscle aches, sore throat, and runny or stuffy nose.
Take the oseltamivir capsule with a full glass of water.
Shake the oral suspension (liquid) well just before you measure a dose. Measure the liquid with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
Oseltamivir may be taken with food or milk if it upsets your stomach.
To treat flu symptoms: Take oseltamivir every 12 hours for 5 days.
To prevent flu symptoms: Take oseltamivir every 24 hours for 10 days or as prescribed. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Use this medication for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. Your symptoms may get better before the infection is completely treated. Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse.
Store oseltamivir capsules at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Store oseltamivir liquid in the refrigerator but do not freeze. Throw away any unused liquid after 10 days.
Additional Tamiflu Information
- Tamiflu Drug Interactions Center: oseltamivir oral
- Tamiflu Side Effects Center
- Tamiflu Overview including Precautions
- Tamiflu FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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