What Are the Side Effects of Tamiflu? | IMPORTANT INFORMATION Swine Flu (H1N1)
The Side Effects of Tamiflu | Measures Against the Swine Flu Pandemic
As the WHO (World Health Organisation) has declared that Swine Flu (H1N1) has reached Pandemic it is becoming increasingly likely that you will suffer the illness or will come into contact with the disease and therefore be prescribed Tamiflu. This article is about the side-effects seen in patients taking the drug.
What are the Chances of Suffering Side-Effects from Tamiflu?
Currently, according to records kept on those who have taken the drug (either to combat the disease or in order to stop it spreading after contact) the chances of developing side-effect are very low. It should be remembered however that up until now (19th June 2009) relatively few numbers of patients have taken the pills.
What are the Side Effects of Tamiflu?
The Common Side Effects of Tamiflu
The most frequent side effects of the drug could be to increase symptoms of the Swine Flu in humans. Such symptoms as dizziness, nausea, headaches and vomiting are to be expected if you are suffering any strain of influenza, Tamiflu may or may not increase these symptoms. Some doctors are advising that Tamiflu be taken with meals or not on an empty stomach to reduce the incidents of nausea and vomiting. The latter is important to combat as it can reduce the effectiveness of the drug.
The Less Common Side Effects of Tamiflu
Other symptoms reported are abdominal pain (stomach ache), diarrhoea and bronchitis. You should consult your doctor if you suffer these as they can prescribe further medications to treat them. Diarrhoea can reduce the effectiveness of the drug and is important to treat.
The Rare Side Effects of Tamiflu
Extreme and rare symptoms are self injury and delirium. It is essential that you seek URGENT medical advice if you or someone you are caring for shows any indication of these side effects.
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