Do you recommend tamiflu (oseltamivir) for influenza?
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Family Medicine 24 years experience
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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.
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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.
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A 39-year-old female asked:
While on tamiflu (oseltamivir) for preventative can you still get influenza?
1 doctor answer • 1 doctor weighed in
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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Last updated Feb 4, 2015
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