Tamiflu is an antiviral drug used to treat the influenza viruses type A and B. Tamiflu is not suitable for the treatment of common colds.
Tamiflu is to be taken orally with water. If stomach upsets occur, Tamiflu should be taken with food. Do not discontinue the use of Tamiflu without consulting your doctor, even if there is a significant improvement in your condition. The full course, as prescribed, should be taken. To treat influenza symptoms, the prescribed dose should be taken every 12 hours for five days. To prevent influenza symptoms, take the prescribed dose every 24 hours for 10 days. Ensure that your doctor’s instructions are followed. Children may use Tamiflu – however it is extremely important to speak to a pediatrician, as precautionary measures may need to be taken. Tamiflu is to be used only by the person for whom it was prescribed.
If overdose is suspected, contact medical assistance immediately. Adverse reactions
Ensure that your doctor has details of your full medical history, as well as all other medications you are using. These include herbal and over-the-counter remedies as well as vitamin supplements. Tamiflu should be used with caution. To avoid adverse reactions, inform your doctor if you smoke, use recreational drugs (poppers) or consume alcohol.
If symptoms persist, or get worse, consult your doctor immediately and ensure that you have regular check-ups. Side-effects of Tamiflu include confusion, seizures and behavioral problems which usually occur in the early stages of treatment. These symptoms are more likely to affect teenagers and children. Contact your doctor if any of these side-effects persist. Tamiflu is not an influenza vaccine.