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Tamiflu, which is generically prescribed as oseltamivir, is commonly used to treat influenza while it is in the early stages of the illness. Tamiflu is useless for treatment of the common cold. Tamiflu must be prescribed within the first two days of the onset of flu symptoms to be effective.

Tamiflu is not appropriate for everyone. A thorough medical history should be assessed prior to prescribing this medication. Patients with a medical history that includes heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, any life threatening health problem, or a nasal flu vaccination within the previous two weeks may not be able to take Tamiflu or may require careful monitoring while undergoing drug therapy with Tamiflu, depending on the condition and the severity of the condition. This medication is not approved for children under I year of age.

The American Food and Drug Administration has rated Tamiflu with a pregnancy risk category C, which means that it may cause harm or birth defects to an unborn baby. It has yet to be determined whether or not Tamiflu passes through the mother’s breast milk and affects a nursing baby. The prescribing physician should avoid prescribing this medication to pregnant or nursing women, or women who are likely to become pregnant.

There is a risk of side effects associated with Tamiflu, some of which are severe. A patient who is experiencing a serious side effect or an allergic reaction should seek immediate emergency medical attention. An allergic reaction will present with symptoms that include facial swelling, including swelling of the lips, mouth, tongue, or throat, hives, and difficulty breathing. Other serious side effects which require emergency medical treatment include symptoms such as delirium, self harm, or serious confusion. These symptoms are rare, but the possibility exists.

Other less serious side effects typically do not require emergency medical attention but should be reported to the prescribing physician. Patients should be encouraged to report all side effects. Less serious side effects include symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, nosebleeds, redness of the eyes, eye discomfort, insomnia, cough, or general respiratory problems. Less serious side effects can often be reduced to a tolerable level by reducing the dosage of Tamiflu.

Tamiflu should be taken as it has been prescribed by the physician. If the patient misses a dose, the dose should be taken as soon as it is remembered. However, if it is almost time for the next scheduled dose, the missed dose should be skipped to avoid the potential for an overdose. If an overdose is suspected, the patient should seek immediate emergency medical attention. An overdose will present with symptoms which include nausea and vomiting.

There is a risk of negative drug interaction associated with Tamiflu. A thorough medical history should be understood prior to prescribing this medication. Patients should be urged to inquire with the prescribing physician before taking any new medication, including over the counter medication and herbal remedies. Medications which are known to cause negative drug interactions with Tamiflu include antiviral medications, high amounts of citric acid, and some cough and cold medications.

Tamiflu can be used to prevent flu symptoms in patients who are likely to come in contact with the influenza virus. The dosing is much different, so it should be made clear to the patient whether they are receiving Tamiflu to prevent the flu or to treat the symptoms after exposure. The flu can not be prevented after exposure, only treated. Most patients will experience flu symptoms within 24 hours after exposure to the flu.

Tamiflu has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of tamiflu


• Molecular formula of tamiflu is C16H28N2O4
• Chemical IUPAC Name is ethyl 4-acetamido-5-amino-3-pentan-3-yloxy-cyclohexene-1-carboxylate
• Molecular weight is 312.405 g/mol
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Generic name: Oseltamivir

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