oseltamivir, Tamiflu

  • Pharmacy Author:
    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: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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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

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

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.

  • 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.

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.

PREGNANCY: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends use of oseltamivir for treating flu in pregnant women.

NURSING MOTHERS: The CDC recommends that women with flu who have recently given birth may be treated with oseltamivir. Oseltamivir is approved for use in children one year old and older, and available evidence suggests that the risk of adverse events is low when oseltamivir is used in children less than 1 year old.

Medically reviewed by Eni Williams, PharmD

REFERENCES:

FDA Prescribing Information.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/29/2014

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