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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Tamiflu (Overview)

Tamiflu is a flu/influenza agent which is a kind of anti-viral drug (antibiotic and antimicrobial).


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What is tamiflu (oseltamivir) and how do I get it?

What is tamiflu (oseltamivir) and how do I get it?

Flu medication: Tamiflu is for treating people 1 year and older with influenza (flu) whose symptoms started within the last two days. Tamiflu can also reduce the chance of getting the flu. Tamiflu is not a substitute for an annual flu vaccination. It is also called oseltamivir, and is a type of anti-viral. Dose is usually 75mg twice a day for 5 days. It should be started at the start of symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
185 doctors shared insights

Tamiflu (Overview)

Tamiflu is a flu/influenza agent which is a kind of anti-viral drug (antibiotic and antimicrobial).


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Please describe the medication: tamiflu (oseltamivir)?

Anti influenza med: Tamiflu (oseltamivir) is for treating people 1 year and older with influenza (flu) whose symptoms started within the last 2 days. Tamiflu (oseltamivir) can also reduce the chance of getting the flu. Tamiflu (oseltamivir) is not a substitute for an annual flu vaccination. ...Read more

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5 days into my "flu" , 2 trips to hospital and i was finally prescribed tamiflu (oseltamivir) by my dr. Is it going to help at all to take it at this point?

5 days into my "flu" , 2 trips to hospital and i was finally prescribed tamiflu (oseltamivir) by my dr.  Is it going to help at all to take it at this point?

Not really: To be effective it needs to be taken within 48 hours or earlier from the initial onset of symptoms. If all goes well, it shaves only 1-2 days off the course of the flu. Best treatment is prevention. Start by getting flu shot next year before season starts! hope you feel better soon! stock up on orange juice and chicken soup. ...Read more

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For protection from swine flue how long I should use tamiflu (oseltamivir)?

For protection  from swine flue how  long I should use tamiflu (oseltamivir)?

General vs specific: When used after a known exposure, once daily use for 7-10 days is common. Some benefit for up to 6 wks of use is described.However, this should not be used instead of vaccination. The medication has a variety of potential side effects that may limit use. ...Read more

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Are tamiflu and relenza (zanamivir) effective antiviral drugs?

When used properly.: Their usefulness is limited to influenza (real flu, not "flu-like illness") if used in the first 48 hours of the illness. ...Read more

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Dx with flu today. I live in nj. I thought flu season was over. Does tamiflu (oseltamivir) work?

Dx with flu today. I live in nj.  I thought flu season was over.  Does tamiflu (oseltamivir) work?

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

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I've been on tamiflu (oseltamivir) for 48 hours, & have cut off contact with my 10 month old to prevent infecting him. When can I safely care for him again?

Am Icontagious: As long as you are fever free, your symptoms are subsiding, and you wear a mask if you still have respiratory symptoms. Be sure to wash your hands with soap and water when handling you infant. ...Read more

Dr. Samuel Graitcer
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Oseltamivir (Definition)

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