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How Long Is Flu Contagious After Tamiflu
The brand name is tamiflu (oseltamivir). It is a prodrug, which means it is inactive until metabolized by a person's body into the active form. It blocks neuraminidase, an enzyme in influenza virus; by doing this, it prevents the flu virus from detaching from the host cell and slows the spread of the virus. It comes in a tablet form, as ...Read more
I got the flu and since monday night I have been taking tamiflu (oseltamivir). Am I still contagious? Am I ok to run errands as long as im cautious around others?
Take good precaution: It is hard to say if you are still contagious, maybe not. However it is never a bad idea to take good precautions such as washing hands, stop hand-shaking or hugging, cough in your arm. I don't think you need to quarantine yourself, it sounds like you are feeling pretty good to be running errands ...Read more
How long does it take for the flu to not be contagious? Taking tamiflu since Thurs. Still have headaches and body aches. Am I still contagious?
Maybe contagious: Nobody really knows when one person stops being contagious with influenza (with or without Tamiflu treatment). One week out from the start of the illness (one can count from the first day of fever, aches, or cough) is safe, unless a person had a more severe illness or still has a lot of cough. In a more severe case, one can wait longer, such as until 3 days after no fever nor excessive cough. ...Read more
My kids 9&7 & I have had flu since Sunday night and started tamiflu (oseltamivir) Mon night. Are we still contagious on Friday. I don't want my 4monthold sick.
You all still may be: Contagious. Tamiflu (oseltamivir) can shorten the course of the illness symptoms, but your respiratory secretions probably still have some infectious particles. I would still try to keep your other children away from the baby at least until all symptoms are totally gone for 24 hours...and for you and them, good hand washing. Ideally if you have an option of someone else doing the care for the baby, also do that. ...Read more
I got the flu on thurs... Started tamiflu (oseltamivir) on friday. Am I still contagious> can I return to work on monday?
Probably: Depends whether your still symptomatic.Get a more detailed answer ›
4 year old was exposed to flu on Wed. Started coughing Mon- started her on Tamiflu (oseltamivir). Has not had a fever since Monday night/early Tues. Contagious?
I have the flu and I'm currently on tamiflu (oseltamivir). I have a 5 year old and a 7 week old and I'm concerned for their health. Am I contagious?
7 yr old son diag. W/ flu on sunday. Symp. Began sat. On tamiflu (oseltamivir) since. Now thurs. - still contagious? Pedi. Says he can go back to school fri.
Discuss with doctor: These are symptoms that require a thorough evaluation by your doctor. Only after obtaining this informstion, can he/she adequately diagnose and treat you. ...Read more
I had the swine flu. Got tamiflu (oseltamivir) which worked and I feel better no more fever. Today is the fifth day since it started on sat am I still contagious?
The virus is transmitted via water droplets in your coughs/sneezes. If you are not coughing/sneezing etc...And that you took tamiflu (oseltamivir) already, it is not likely that you are contagious now. But, caution is always advised. Cover your coughs/sneezes and wash your hands...
Good luck. ...Read more
7 year old flu symptoms since Monday night. Started tamiflu (oseltamivir) Tuesday night. No fever since Wednesday afternoon. All symptoms gone. Still contagious?
I tested positive for the flu two days ago. I had a low-grade fever but have been fever free since yesterday morning while on tamiflu (oseltamivir). Am I still considered contagious?
My daughter has had the flu for a week now. Been on Tamiflu (oseltamivir) for 3 days. Temp normal since last night. Still has cold symptoms. She still contagious?
7yearold daughter had flu since Mon. On tamiflu (oseltamivir) since Tues night. Fever gone since Wed. No symptoms left. Still contagious? I have a 4 month old baby.
Flu: Technically the flu is considered contagious for 5-10 days after the start of symptoms. Basic infection control practices: good hand washing, don't share drinks, utensils, cough or sneeze into a tissue or into your shirt sleeve. Since your 7 yo is no longer symptomatic (no more cough?) then the rest should be easy. ...Read more
Got flu vaccine in october, got typea flu on saturday, been on tamiflu (oseltamivir) since monday. No fever entire time. Feels better on tuesday. Still contagious?
Contagious: You should be ok by thursday.Get a more detailed answer ›
Diagnosed w/ Flu B Friday @2pm via nasal test due to minor sore throat. No symptoms since Sat. On Tamiflu since Fri. Still contagious? Flu test wrong?
Likely/likely not: Most flu swab tests are more likely falsely negative than falsely positive. Patients are considered potentially contageous for a minimum of a week from first symptoms (soar throat qualifies). ...Read more
I started tamiflu (oseltamivir) 2 days, almost 3 days ago and I have no fever for 24 hours and I feel fine. Am I still contagious? If so, how long?
Up to 7 days: The shedding of the virus in your secretions peaks in the first 3 days of the illness but persists up to 7 days regardless of the use of tamiflu (oseltamivir). While the shedding diminishes as the fever drops, it can persist and the need for isolation depends on the situation. ...Read more
I got diagnosed with the flu on thurs I had symptoms on tues now I'm taking tamiflu (oseltamivir) how long do you think it will take to go away?
The Tamiflu (oseltamivir) will shorten the course of the flu, but it must be taken soon after the onset of symptoms.
You were just the at the border line for that.
Cont with the Tamiflu (oseltamivir) for the course.
Keep pushing fluids as much as possible.
Tylenol or Advil for pain and temp.
See your DR if worsening or high temp ...Read more
I just finished a course of tamiflu (oseltamivir) for swine flu. How long before I start to feel better?
Can not predict: It depends on how ill you have been, how early in the illness you started the tamiflu, (oseltamivir) whether you have had any complications such as pneumonia, whether the diagnosis was correct, and whether you have any other illnesses you may feel better in a few days, or your recovery may take several weeks. Obviously see you doctor if you do not feel better or if you still have fever. ...Read more
How long till I know whether my family is going to come down with the flu I was diagnosed with flu A & B on Tuesday and I have only ran a fever the very first day and no one else is showing signs or symptoms yet I have been on Tamiflu since Tuesday evenin
Woke up with urge to pee with sharp pain in my penis. Never had this. Is pain due to maybe holding pee too long? Pain seems to gone away now. (im taking zpack and tamiflu (oseltamivir) for flu symptoms at moment)
Painful urination: Without knowing your activities and intimate preferences, am unable to comment but if you do have discharge from the penis, you should see your local doctor for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
Been on tamiflu (oseltamivir) for influenza a for over 24 hours. Also been over 24 hours since fever. Am I still contagious?
Daughter finished tamiflu (oseltamivir) and been fever free for almost two days, but still feels tired and has awful headache. Is this normal? She still contagious?
Can my 4 year old take cough medicine and tamiflu (oseltamivir) at the same time? Positive influenza test 4 days ago, lingering cough, fever free 48 hours. Contagious?
Yes, most: Over-the-counter children's cough medications can be taken with Tamiflu, (oseltamivir) but the cough medication may not have any added benefit and will not shorten the course. If he/she is still coughing, I would consider him/her to still be somewhat contagious through those respiratory droplets released by the cough, although one is most contagious while the fever is there ...Read more
Helps some: This helps some patients if it is started soon enough. It works by decreasing viral reproduction, so if you have had it for more than 2 days, there is not much point in starting. (already well established) ...Read more
FLU still going:
In the northwest we still have cases influenza-a, but the season did not start here until february. Washington (state) dept. Of health still recommends getting a seasonal flu shot if not done already (still plenty available). Yes tamiflu (oseltamivir) may shorten the course and decrease the severity if started early.
Hope you are better soon! ...Read more
Can someone have the swine flu for 3 days and be completely better on third day since they were taking tamiflu (oseltamivir)?
Yes: Better living through pharmacology I like to say. ...Read more
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