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Oseltamivir

INFORMATION

Uses

Oseltamivir is used in the treatment and prevention of seasonal Flu (Influenza).

How it works

Oseltamivir belongs to a category of drugs called as neuroaminidase inhibitors. It helps prevent the entry and spread of influenza virus in the body and controls the infection.

Common side effects

Vomiting, Nausea, Cough, Diarrhoea, Abdominal pain, Fever, Headache, Insomnia, Upper respiratory tract infection, Vertigo

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Expert advice

  • Do not take the medicine if you are allergic to oseltamivir or to any other content in the medicine.
  • Do not take oseltamivir, if you have kidney problems, chronic heart disease, or respiratory problems; or serious medical condition that requires hospitalization.
  • Avoid using oseltamivir, if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery if you feel dizzy after taking the medicine.
  • Inform your doctor immediately if you experience mood or behavioral changes while taking the drug.

Frequently asked questions

Oseltamivir

Q.Is oseltamivir an antibiotic or a sulfa drug?
Oseltamivir is an anti-influenza drug. It is not an antibiotic or sulfa drug

Q.Is oseltamivir available or sold over the counter?
No. Oseltamivir is a prescription drug. It is not available or sold over the counter

Q.Is oseltamivir safe?
Yes. Oseltamivir is relatively safe if used as recommended. In case of any side effects, consult your doctor

Q.Can I take oseltamivir for cold, sinus infection, or sore throat?
Oseltamivir is not indicated for common cold, sinus infection, or sore throat. It is indicated for symptoms of influenza viral infection

Q.Can I take oseltamivir with Tylenol, Nyquil, amoxicillin, ibuprofen, Mucinex, or azithromycin?
Oseltamivir can be taken with Tylenol (paracetamol), Nyquil (paracetamol, dextromethorphan, doxylamine, amoxicillin, ibuprofen, Mucinex, or azithromycin only if prescribed by your doctor

Q.Can I take oseltamivir with antibiotics?
Oseltamivir may be taken with antibiotics only if prescribed by the doctor. Consult your doctor before use

Q.Does oseltamivir cause high blood pressure?
Oseltamivir is not expected to cause high blood pressure. If you experience any such symptoms, please consult your doctor.


Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)