oseltamivir, Tamiflu (cont.)
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.
Medical and Pharmacy Editor:
Oseltamivir is not approved to prevent the flu in this age group.
Oseltamivir also is used for preventing the flu in healthy individuals 1 year and older, but it is not a substitute for flu vaccine.
It also is used off-label for prevention and treatment of H1N1 (swine flu). During the H1N1 outbreak of 2009, the FDA approved emergency use of oseltamivir for children less than 1 year old.
SIDE EFFECTS: The most frequent side effects of oseltamivir are:
Administering oseltamivir after meals helps reduce nausea.
Other reported adverse events include:
GENERIC AVAILABLE: No
PREPARATIONS: Capsules: 30, 45, and 75 mg. Suspension: 6 mg/ml and 12 mg/ml
STORAGE: Oseltamivir should be stored at room temperature, 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F).
DOSING: Oseltamivir is administered orally. For the best results, treatment should begin within 2 days of symptom onset or exposure.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Oseltamivir potentially may interfere with the action of the live attenuated flu vaccine that is given by injection because oseltamivir prevents viral replication. Therefore, live attenuated flu vaccine should not be administered within two weeks before or 48 hours after administration of oseltamivir.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/29/2014
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