TAMIFLU is an antiviral medicine containing the active ingredient oseltamivir. Used for treatment and prevention of influenza in adults.
The flu is an infection caused by the influenza virus. Typical symptoms of influenza include fever, headache, muscle aches, sore throat, cough and extreme tiredness. TAMIFLU is not effective against the common cold or throat or chest infections caused by other viruses. TAMIFLU belongs to a group of medicines called neuraminidase inhibitors. These medicines attack the influenza virus and prevent it from spreading inside your body. Taking TAMIFLU can prevent you from catching the flu, or if you have already caught the flu, it can make the symptoms less severe and help you recover faster. TAMIFLU will help reduce the chances of you passing the flu on to someone else. You will also be less likely to develop complications of the flu, such as bronchitis, pneumonia, sinusitis (infected sinuses) and earache.
WARNINGS: Tell your pharmacist or doctor if: 1. you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant It is not known whether TAMIFLU is harmful to an unborn baby when taken by a pregnant woman. If there is a need to take TAMIFLU when you are pregnant your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits to you and the unborn baby. 2. you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed TAMIFLU may pass into breast milk. Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of using TAMIFLU if you are breast-feeding. 3. you have any other health problems, especially kidney disease 4. you are allergic to any other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives. 5. If you have a suppressed immune system. If you have not told your pharmacist or doctor about any of the above, tell them before you start taking TAMIFLU.
If you have kidney disease your pharmacist or doctor may advise you to take a lower dose of TAMIFLU.
Tell your pharmacist or doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you have bought from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop. Some medicines may be affected by TAMIFLU, or may affect how well it works. You may need to use different amounts of your medicine, or you may need to take different medicines. Your pharmacist or doctor will advise you.
Treatment of the flu Start taking TAMIFLU as soon as possible after you have been diagnosed with the flu. The earlier you start treatment with TAMIFLU, the shorter the duration of your flu. Adults and children 13 years or older The usual dose is one TAMIFLU 75 mg capsule twice a day for five days
Prevention of the flu Adults and children 13 years or older The usual dose is one TAMIFLU 75 mg capsule once a day for 10 days following close contact with someone who has the flu. You should start taking TAMIFLU within 2 days of the close contact. TamifluÒ capsule CMI210121 4 When there is an outbreak of the flu in the community, one TAMIFLU 75 mg capsule can be taken once a day while protection is required. TAMIFLU has been shown to be well tolerated and effective when taken for up to six weeks.