Read the Side Effects!
From Patricia Doyle, PhD
Side-Effects - What to Watch Out For
This is the list of side-effects that Tamiflu can cause. You may not get any of these side-effects, but you may get some. While you are taking Tamiflu, these are the things you should watch out for:
Aches and pains
Allergic reactions sometimes leading to shock
Asthma - aggravation of pre-existing asthma
Rash or rashes
Stevens Johnson syndrome
Symptoms of a cold
If you have any of the above, it may be due to the medicine. Read the Patient Information Leaflet that comes with your medicine for more information. If you did not get a Patient Information Leaflet with your medicine, ask your pharmacist for one.
If you feel unwell or are worried, contact your prescriber, pharmacist or nurse at once. Do not waste any time if you feel very ill. Your prescriber may decide to change the dose or stop you from having this medicine again. If you cannot contact your prescriber, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.
These are some ingredients in Tamiflu. Remember the amount of these things are going to accumulate as you dose. Some hospital workers may be taking tamiflu for longer periods of time and those with undiagnosed liver, kidney or other undiagnosed problems might be in danger of organ failure.
If you are allergic to anything that is listed below for your form of Tamiflu, or you have reacted badly to Tamiflu before, do not take Tamiflu. Talk to your prescriber, pharmacist or nurse at once and check that they still want you to have Tamiflu.
Tamiflu 75mg capsules:
Black iron oxide (E172)
FD and C Blue 2 (indigo carmine, E132)
Pregelatinised maize starch
Red iron oxide (E172)
Sodium Stearyl Fumarate
Titanium dioxide (E171)
Yellow iron oxide (E172)
Tamiflu 12mg/ml oral suspension:
Saccharin sodium (E954)
Sodium benzoate (E211)
Sodium dihydrogen citrate (E331 (a))
Titanium dioxide (E171)
Tutti Frutti flavour
Arabic gum (E414)
Natural identical flavouring substances(mainly consisting of banana, pineapple and peach flavour)
Xantham gum (E415)
Prescription Medicine Interactions
The following medicines may interact with Tamiflu:
If you are taking Tamiflu and one of the above medicines or type of medicines, talk to your prescriber, pharmacist, or nurse or NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. If you are not sure if your medicine belongs to one of these categories, talk to your prescriber of pharmacist.
Read the Patient Information Leaflet that comes with your medicine for more information.
Non-Prescription Medicine Interactions
Tamiflu is not known to interact with any non-prescription medicines.
As with any medication, whether prescription or over-the-counter, please have a complete physical and blood workup prior to commencing any medication regimen. This could save your life.
Patricia A. Doyle, DVM, PhD- Bus Admin, Tropical Agricultural Economics
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