What Is Tamiflu?

What Is Tamiflu?

This anti-viral medication is used to treat and prevent influenza A and B, and it can help you fight off the scary infection.

If you’re battling the flu, you may know all about this stuff.  Tamiflu, or oseltamivir as it’s known scientifically, comes in either a pill or liquid form. It can be helpful in battling the flu. Medical professionals advise that patients who need it take Tamiflu within the first 48 hours of contracting the flu, in order to reduce symptoms. This is for people who are in otherwise good health.

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Are there any side effects? Yes.

There have been reports of patients experiencing psychiatric side effects from the anti-viral, so be on the lookout if you’re taking it. These include suffering from hallucinations, feelings of depression, suicidal thoughts on rare occasions.

Thankfully, these effects don’t appear to be permanent and usually disappear once a patient stops taking the medication.

Other physical side effects can include, headache, trouble sleeping, vomiting, diarrhea and seizures.

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Other things to look out for? A report on WOWKTV.com says that if your child complains of a headache or neck pain within the first 2 days of taking Tamiflu, that you see a doctor and stop giving them the medicine.

Always seek professional medical advice and talk to your doctor about your illness or that of your child.

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