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Do you recommend tamiflu (oseltamivir) for influenza?

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Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Yes: But only for test confirmed influenza.
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: I offer tamiflu (oseltamivir) to my patients who have influenza, if they have been sick less than 48hours. It's important to remember that tamiflu (oseltamivir) is not a replacement for the influenza vaccine, only shortens the duration of the illness by a couple of days, and may reduce the severity of the illness. Get the vaccine for you and family, wash your hands, and stay away from sick people.
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Better to Prevent: Tamiflu (oseltamivir) can be helpful in treating influenza if started within 48 hours of onset of symptoms. However, it is much better to get the flu vaccine every fall to avoid getting influenza in the first place.
Dr. Jennifer Monti
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No. It has limited value in maybe reducing symptoms by half a day. Save your money.
Oct 6, 2014

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A 39-year-old female asked:

While on tamiflu (oseltamivir) for preventative can you still get influenza?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: Tamiflu (oseltamivir) acts to reduce the reproduction of the virus and for many will prevent them from developing a symptomatic case. If someone is heavily exposed to the flu, or to strains resistant to the drug, they may acquire the disease.

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