The facts about TAMIFLU.
TAMIFLU (TAM-ih-flew) is a medicine to treat flu
(infection caused by influenza virus). It belongs to a group of medicines called
neuraminidase inhibitors. These medications attack the influenza virus and
prevent it from spreading inside your body.
TAMIFLU treats flu at its source by attacking the virus that causes the flu,
rather than simply masking symptoms. Each TAMIFLU capsule (grey/light yellow)
contains 75 mg of active drug and should be taken by mouth.
TAMIFLU is generally well tolerated. TAMIFLU may cause mild-to-moderate nausea
or vomiting in one out of 10 people. Taking TAMIFLU with food may reduce the
potential for these side effects. Other less common side effects may include
bronchitis, sleeplessness and vertigo.
Other ways to take care.
It will help you get better and keep you from spreading the flu virus. Flu is
contagious for 3 or 4 days after symptoms appear.
You should drink plenty of fluids, which your body needs to avoid dehydration.
For soothing symptoms, hot liquids may relieve the feeling of congestion. Taking
a pain reliever, such as acetaminophen, may lessen aches and fever. Other "over
the counter" therapies–while not treating the virus that causes flu—may also
temporarily relieve flu symptoms.
Of course, never give aspirin to a child under 12 who has the flu, or any
fever-causing illness, due to the risk of a serious adverse effect known as
Can the flu be cured with antibiotics?
No. Antibiotics are only useful for treating bacterial infections. Because the
flu is a viral infection, it cannot be treated with antibiotics. Antivirals such
as TAMIFLU are the only prescription medications that can treat the flu.
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