Tamiflu antiviral capsules & child dosage for Swine Flu           

Tamiflu is an antiviral drug that can alleviate and help shorten the symptoms of flu. Medical Imports is a licensed drug and vaccine wholeasaler in the UK. We are registered and monitored by the MHRA (the UK equivalent of the FDA in America) .
We can supply Tamiflu 75mg manufactured by Roche Pharmaceuticals.


Tamiflu is the drug chosen by the government and WHO (World Health Organisation). Various governments are currently stockpiling Tamiflu for key workers as protection for Swine Flu.
                                                                                                                            
Where to Buy                         
To purchase TAMIFLU including prescription please contact Medical Imports Ltd on 01625 585005


Cost
TAMIFLU 75mg (Adult course, 10 Capsules) including prescription is £75.00 + £5.00 p&p


Tamiflu Dosage                                                                                                

Adults              2 x 75mg capsules per day for 5 days ie 10 capsules

Children          Dosage information is provided in the table below
Adults and children over 40kgs can/ must start to take the course within 48hrs of flu symptoms.


Tamiflu is not indicated for treatment of influenza in paediatric patients younger than 1 year. Children must be older than 12 months (Dosage depends on weight - see table below).

The recommended oral dose of TAMIFLU oral suspension for paediatric patients 1 year and older or adult patients who cannot swallow a capsule is:


Tamiflu dosage based on weight

 

  Body Weight in kg      

Recommended Dose for 5 days     

 

</=15 kg

30 mg twice daily

 

>15 kg to 23 kg

45 mg twice daily

 

>23 kg to 40 kg

60 mg twice daily

 

>40kg

75 mg twice daily

 

 

What is it used for?

  • Prevention of flu in adults and children who have been in contact with someone diagnosed with flu when it is circulating the community.
  • Treatment of flu in adults and children over 1 year of age when the influenza virus is circulating the community
  • To prevent the flu take it once daily for at least seven days. Protection lasts as long as you take the drug.

 

How does Tamiflu work?
This medicine contains the active ingredient oseltamivir phosphate, which is a type of medicine called a neuraminidase inhibitor. It is used to treat and prevent infection with the influenza virus (flu).

Flu is caused by a highly contagious virus which affects the respiratory system. The virus is passed from one person to another by coughing and sneezing. When the virus enters the body it invades cells, where it replicates to form lots of new virus cells.

These new copies of the virus are then released from the cells and move on to infect adjoining cells, where the process is repeated. After a couple of days a sufficient number of cells have been infected so that the patient feels flu symptoms such as headache, fever, sore thorat and general aches and pains, which continue for about a week until the body's immune system kills the virus. In order to leave one cell and infect another, the flu virus uses a chemical helper that is found on its surface. This substance is an enzyme called neuraminidase. Tamiflu works by binding to the enzyme coating the cell and stopping the release. This prevents the flu virus from spreading and infecting other cells.

Tamiflu therefore confines the infection to a smaller number of cells so that your body’s immune system can cope.. This makes the symptoms of the infection less severe and also makes it is easier for the body's immune system to kill the virus completely.

Tamiflu is only effective against the influenza virus. It will not work against illnesses that are caused by other agents.

Warning and Caution

  • This medicine is not recommended for people with severely decreased kidney function.
  • The safety and efficacy of this medicine for treating influenza in children under one year of age has not been established. In addition, the safety and efficacy of this medicine for preventing influenza in children aged 12 years and under has not been established.
  • We recommend that flu vaccinations should be given and that Tamiflu is not an alternative to the common flu vaccination.

 

Liquid Suspension
If Tamiflu upsets your stomach, try taking it with food. Shake the liquid suspension before each use.

 Pregnancy and Tamiflu and Flu Vaccines
There are no controlled studies in women available. Drugs should be given only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the foetus. Consultation with the clinic or GP is necessary. For an alternative contact us for a Relenza prescription.

How can this medicine affect other medicines?
The manufacturer of this medicine states that it should be used with caution in people who are taking the following medicines: chlorpropamide, methotrexate, phenylbutazone.   

Tamiflu can be taken at the same time as paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin. It is unlikely that this medicine will interact with other medicines. However you should tell us what medicines you are using.

When you miss a dose
Take it as soon as possible. If it is within two hours of your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule.