What Exactly Is Tamiflu?

by SKHC Editor on September 21, 2009

Everyone knows about the Influenza A (AKA H1N1 virus, swine flu) and the basic tips on how to prevent it (wash your hands, cover your mouth when you cough, etc.) So, what happens when you or someone living in your household gets the flu? You have to live there too. What are you supposed to do in the meantime?

There’s a prescribed antiviral flu medicine called Tamiflu. Some people think only the person who has the flu virus should take it. However, if you personally have been exposed to someone who has the flu taking Tamiflu can help keep the virus from making you sick.

So, here’s the dealio (the facts) of Tamiflu:

  • Tamiflu is a medicine that must be taken within 12 to 48 hours from the first appearance of flu symptoms

For flu treatment: When taken within two days of experiencing symptoms, Tamiflu works by helping to stop the flu virus from spreading inside the body

For flu prevention: When you have been exposed to someone with the flu, taking Tamiflu can help keep the virus from making you sick

  • Tamiflu is effective for adults and children aged one year and older
  • Tamiflu is the #1 doctor-prescribed medicine for flu treatment
  • Tamiflu is not a substitute for the flu shot (getting a flu vaccination is your first line of defense in flu prevention)
  • In flu treatment studies of patients who took Tamiflu within 48 hours of the first appearance of symptoms:

Adults felt better 30 percent faster (1.3 days) than flu patients who did not take Tamiflu

Children felt better up to 26 percent faster (1.5 days) than flu patients who did not take Tamiflu

Source: Tamiflu.com

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