Tamiflu is a prescription medication that is used to help relieve flu symptoms in adults and children older than one year of age. This medication is used primarily for those who have had the flu for two days or less, or who have been exposed to the flu from another person. The main ingredient in this drug is Oseltamivir, which is used to treat common flu symptoms such as stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, fever, chills, cough, fatigue, or aches and pains.
Tamiflu comes in two forms: capsule and suspension (liquid). When taking this medication to fight the flu, it is normally advised that you take it twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. If you are taking the medicine to prevent the development of the flu, take one dosage daily for ten days. If there is a community outbreak, you may take Tamiflu for up to six weeks. However, it is very important to speak with your doctor before beginning any flu treatment program. If you are nursing or pregnant or have kidney, respiratory, or heart diseases, you should not take Tamiflu. Also, let your doctor know about any other health conditions that may lead to complications if you begin taking this prescription medication.
Many doctors prescribe Tamiflu to patients who present signs of the flu because it attacks the root causes of the illness rather than just masking symptoms. However, it is not intended to take the place of a yearly flu shot. There are many different strains of the flu, and you must always get a flu shot once a year to prevent illness. There are also some side effects that some patients receive from taking Tamiflu, such as nausea and vomiting. These symptoms are most common in the first two days after beginning to take the medicine. Taking the drug with a light snack or a meal will help prevent these symptoms. If these side effects persist or if they become severe, stop taking the medicine and talk with your doctor as soon as possible. Also, if you develop an allergic reaction or a rash when taking Tamiflu, seek medical attention and stop taking the drug. While these side effects are rare, they can be dangerous, so always check with your doctor if you have any questions about your medication.
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