Tamiflu

(oseltamivir)

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Treats and prevents the flu.

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Our bottom line

Tamiflu (oseltamivir) is effective at treating the flu virus, but can cause stomach side effects like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Quick facts about Tamiflu
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (oseltamivir)
Prices and discounts
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Upsides

  • On average, Tamiflu (oseltamivir) reduces symptoms of the flu by 1.3 days.
  • The pill form is available as a generic.
  • The brand is available in 2 different forms: capsule and liquid.
  • Can be used for treatment in children 2 weeks of age and older.
  • Tamiflu (oseltamivir) is taken for a short period of time to treat the flu: twice a day for 5 days.
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Downsides

  • Tamiflu (oseltamivir) is not a substitute for the annual flu shot.
  • Not recommended for people with kidney problems.
  • Must be taken within 2 days of contact with an infected person, or signs of flu symptoms for Tamiflu (oseltamivir) to be effective.
  • If you have HIV, you need to be on antiviral treatment at the same time as Tamiflu (oseltamivir) to decrease the chances of drug resistance by the HIV virus.
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How it works

Tamiflu (oseltamivir) is an antiviral that prevents the flu virus from multiplying by stopping it from being released in your body.

Quick facts about Tamiflu
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (oseltamivir)

Used for

  • Flu virus types A and B
  • Flu virus types A and B prevention
  • Bird flu

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Liquid
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What to expect when you take Tamiflu (oseltamivir) for Flu treatment

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Side effect rates for Tamiflu (oseltamivir)

3529 
From clinical trials of Tamiflu / Flu prevention (75 mg QD)
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Pain
  • Vomiting

Risks and Warnings for Tamiflu (oseltamivir)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Children

    People with the flu can have nervous system, and behavior problems that can lead to death. The chance of this may be higher in children. Call your doctor right away if you have change in thinking clearly, change in the way you act, speech problems, shakiness, seizures, or hallucinations.

Common concerns from people taking Tamiflu (oseltamivir)

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Food
  • Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
Kidneys and liver
  • Not recommended for people with kidney problems.
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  • People with the flu can have nervous system, and behavior problems that can lead to death. The chance of this may be higher in children. Call your doctor right away if you have change in thinking clearly, change in the way you act, speech problems, shakiness, seizures, or hallucinations.