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- What is oseltamivir, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for oseltamivir?
- Is oseltamivir available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for oseltamivir?
- What are the side effects of oseltamivir?
- What is the dosage for oseltamivir?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with oseltamivir?
- Is oseltamivir safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about oseltamivir?
What is the dosage for oseltamivir?
Oseltamivir is administered orally. For the best results, treatment should begin within 2 days of symptom onset or exposure.
- The recommended dose for treating adults with flu is 75 mg twice daily for five days.
- Children are treated with 30-75 mg twice daily for five days. Dosing depends on body weight.
- The adult dose for prevention of flu is 75 mg daily for 10 days. Children receive 30-75 mg once daily for 10 days.
Which drugs or supplements interact with oseltamivir?
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.
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