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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


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Is Tamiflu (oseltamivir) safe for preventative treatment in a 3 y/o with asthma who was exposed to the flu? Concerned about side effects (Stevens Johnson Syndrome)

Is Tamiflu (oseltamivir) safe for preventative treatment in a 3 y/o with asthma who was exposed to the flu?  Concerned about side effects (Stevens Johnson Syndrome)

Tamiflu (oseltamivir): This is a rare complication as most are... If he has normal liver and kidney function then Tamiflu (oseltamivir) is safer for him than getting the flu. If he is able make sure he gets immunized for flu. ...Read more

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I'm 28 weeks pregnant and my doctor said Tamiflu (oseltamivir) is safe to take?

I'm 28 weeks pregnant and my doctor said Tamiflu (oseltamivir) is safe to take?

Relatively safe: As a category C drug, this med has not been shown to cause problems with a human fetus, but not enough data is available to consider it as safe a med like Tylenol (acetaminophen). It is one of the most common designations for meds taken safely during pregnancy.However, flu in a pregnant woman can cause maternal death and or fetal loss. We had two such losses during the flu epidemic of 2009 in my town. ...Read more

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I was 6 weeks pregnant and had the flu. The doctor preacribed me tamiflu; is this safe for my unborn baby?

I was 6 weeks pregnant and had the flu. The doctor preacribed me tamiflu; is this safe for my unborn baby?

Highly likely: The fda has categorized this drug under medical category "c". The data is insufficient to give a clear picture on the effects of tamiflu (oseltamivir) on pregnant women and the developing fetus. There were no human specimens in the tests but effects on rats and rabbits showed only minimal questionable toxicity to the mothers. ...Read more

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Well my doctor said that Tamiflu (oseltamivir) is perfectly safe?

Tamiflu (oseltamivir): tamiflu (oseltamivir) can given at any age, even newborns if they were exposed to influenza. Every education has side effects, but when the benefits outweighs the risk, it should be given ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
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Tamiflu (Definition)

Tamiflu is a flu/influenza agent which is a kind of anti-viral ...Read more