Antibiotics are medicines that kill bacteria and are, therefore,
not effective against viral infections. Because flu is a viral infection,
it should be treated with an antiviral medication, such as Tamiflu.
Tamiflu is used for the treatment of infection by the influenza
virus. It is indicated in patients 1 year and older who have had
symptoms for no more than 2 days. Tamiflu is a Neuraminidase Inhibitors
and treats the cause of influenza infection by inhibiting the critical
neuraminidase protein on the surface of the virus.
How to take this medication
Tamiflu should be taken twice daily (once in the morning and once
in the evening) for five days. Tamiflu can be taken with or without
food. As with many medicines, if taken with a light snack, milk,
or a meal, the potential for stomach upset may be reduced. You should
complete the entire treatment of ten capsules, even if you are feeling
better. Never share Tamiflu with anyone, even if they have the same
symptoms. It is important that you begin your treatment with Tamiflu
as soon as possible from the first appearance of your flu symptoms.
Tamiflu is generally well tolerated, though it 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
Inform your doctor of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine
that you are taking. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions
including kidney disorders, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding.
If you a miss a dose, take it if it is within 2 hours of the missed
dose. If it is more than 1 hour since the missed dose, skip it and
go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the
dose to catch up on your dosage schedule.
Store this medication at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees
F (between 15 and 30 degrees C) away from heat and light. Do not
store in the bathroom. Keep this and all medications out of the
reach of children.