Tamiflu

Tamiflu is prescribed for treating or preventing influenza. It belongs to a group of medicines named "neuraminidase inhibitors". These medicines prevent the influenza virus from spreading inside the body and so help to ease or prevent the symptoms arising from the influenza virus infection.
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Influenza treatments such as Tamiflu are used to treat the following symptoms:

  • Fevers between 38c to 40c high
  • Congestion in nose and lungs
  • Sore throat
  • Aches and pains
  • Restless Sleep

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Like any other prescription medication you must consult a doctor before using Tamiflu capsules.

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Like any other prescription medication you must consult a doctor before using Tamiflu capsules.

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How does Tamiflu work?

Tamiflu binds to the neuraminidase on the surface of the influenza virus particles and inhibits the new viral particles' chemical ability to escape from the infected cell, restricting the influenza virus to a smaller number of cells giving the body's immune system a better chance of eliminating the influenza virus.

Neuraminidase Inhibitors

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Possible Side Effects in Adults

Like all medicines, Tamiflu can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

The most frequently reported common side effects of Tamiflu are nausea, vomiting, stomach ache, stomach upset, headache and pain. These side effects mostly occur only after the first dose of the medicine and will usually stop as treatment continues. The frequency of these effects is reduced if the medicinal product is taken with food.

During Tamiflu treatment, rare (likely to occur in 1 to 10 patients in 10,000) events like convulsions and delirium (including symptoms such as altered level of consciousness, confusion, abnormal behaviour, delusions, hallucinations, agitation, anxiety, nightmares) have been reported, in a very few cases resulting in self-injury, in some instances with fatal outcome. These events were reported primarily among children and adolescents and often had an abrupt onset and rapid resolution. Such neuropsychiatric events have also been reported in patients with influenza who were not taking Tamiflu.

Very common side effects (likely to occur in more than 1 in 10 patients):

  • Headache
  • Nausea

Common side effects (likely to occur in 1 to 10 patients in 100):

  • Bronchitis
  • Cold sore virus
  • Diarrhoea
  • Dizziness
  • Fever
  • Inflammation of the liver
  • Influenza-like illness
  • Pain
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Stomach ache
  • Upper abdominal fullness
  • Upper respiratory tract infections
  • Tiredness
  • Vomiting

Uncommon side effects (likely to occur in 1 to 10 patients in 1000):

  • Heart rhythm abnormalities
  • Mild to severe liver function disorders
  • Skin reactions

Rare side effects (likely to occur in 1 to 10 patients in 10,000):

  • Allergic reaction
  • Bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract
  • Thrombocytopenia (low platelet count)
  • Visual disturbances

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How to take Tamiflu

Always take Tamiflu exactly as prescribed.

  • For treatment of influenza take one capsule as soon as you get the prescription and then take one capsule twice a day (usually it is convenient to take one in the morning and one in the evening for five days).
  • It is important to complete the whole 5 day course, even if you start to feel better quickly.
  • Swallow Tamiflu capsules whole with water.
  • Do not break or chew Tamiflu capsules.

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