Tamiflu 75mg Capsules

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Tamiflu - Antiviral Flu Treatment

Tamiflu is an antiviral prescription medicine used to treat people who have had symptoms of the flu for less than 2 days. Tamiflu has proven to be highly effective at clearing up the virus that causes flu but can also be used to reduce the chance of getting the flu in the first place.

You can now buy Tamiflu from The Independent Pharmacy without the need for a prescription from your GP. It is available for people over the age of 18 years old to treat or prevent flu once you have completed our quick online consultation.

  • Suitable for age:18 years +
  • Maximum per order:4
  • Consultation required?Yes

Tamiflu Information

  • What is Tamiflu?

    Tamiflu contains the active ingredient oseltamivir, which is an antiviral substance that is effective at treating and preventing both influenza A and B, the viruses that cause flu.

    Tamiflu is prescribed to people who have had symptoms of flu for less than 48 hours but who are at high risk of developing complications as a result of the virus. It can also be prescribed to vulnerable people who have been exposed to the flu viruses as a prophylaxis to prevent them from developing symptoms.

    For those that are prescribed Tamiflu, it is taken orally every day for between 5-10 days as directed by a doctor. Tamiflu is, however, not a substitute for the annual flu jab.

    When to take Tamiflu?

    If you already have the flu, Tamiflu can reduce the amount of time that you suffer from the flu and reduce the severity of the symptoms. It can also be used to prevent you from developing the flu if you have been, or are going to be, exposed to someone who already has it. We are able to prescribe Tamiflu privately for patients who would benefit from these scenarios.

    There are more strict guidelines for when Tamiflu can be prescribed on the NHS. This is normally to people who are at high risk of developing health complications as a result of contracting the flu virus.

    Risk factors include:

    • Those over 65 years old
    • You are immunocompromised
    • You have a respiratory, heart, liver or kidney condition
    • You have diabetes
    • You have a neurological condition

    If you fall into this category and have either been exposed to the flu virus or have had symptoms of flu for less than 48 hours, taking Tamiflu tablets can treat and prevent you from becoming increasingly unwell.

    How does Tamiflu work?

    Tamiflu contains the antiviral agent oseltamivir, which when taken orally is absorbed through the digestive symptom into the bloodstream. It then targets cells that have been invaded by the flu virus stopping them from being able to spread to other healthy cells.

    This process confines the virus to a smaller area making the impact of the illness much less severe and allows the body’s immune system to combat the virus more easily and quickly.

    How long does it take for Tamiflu to work?

    Unlike antibiotics that quickly clear up bacterial infections, Tamiflu is an antiviral medicine that prevents further spread of the infection within the body. This means that it does not reduce the symptoms you are already experiencing but prevents it from worsening and reduces the duration that you will endure symptoms for.

    Tamiflu and coronavirus

    Tamiflu is used to treat and prevent symptoms of the flu caused by viruses influenza A and B. The virus that causes symptoms of coronavirus is from a different family and therefore is not effective at treating people infected with coronavirus or preventing you from contracting it.

    If you think you have coronavirus, you should not leave your home, call NHS 111 for advice and take ibuprofen and paracetamol to manage your symptoms.

    Tamiflu for children

    Tamiflu can be taken by children over the age of 1-month-old. At The Independent Pharmacy, however, we are currently only able to issue Tamiflu to adults over the age of 18 years. If your child is suffering from the flu and you think they need Tamiflu you should speak to your doctor.


  • Tamiflu warnings

    Before taking Tamiflu you should make sure you have read and understood the information provided in the Patient Information Leaflet.

    • Speak to your doctor before taking Tamiflu if you have problems with your kidneys, liver or heart.
    • Tell a doctor as soon as possible if you notice changes to your mood while taking Tamiflu.
    • If you are currently taking or have recently stopped taking any other prescribed or non-prescribed medicine you must tell a doctor before using Tamiflu.

    Tamiflu and alcohol

    There is no evidence to suggest that it is not safe to drink alcohol in moderation when taking Tamiflu. However, drinking alcohol when you are suffering from flu may increase the severity of your symptoms.

    Tamiflu & pregnancy

    You must tell your doctor if you are pregnant if you think you are pregnant if you are trying to get pregnant or are breastfeeding so that your doctor can decide if Tamiflu is right for you.

  • Tamiflu dose

    Tamiflu is for oral use only and can be taken by those over 18 years old to treat or prevent the flu virus. You should aim to take Tamiflu within 48 hours of either developing symptoms or being exposed to the virus.

    For treating flu in adults over 40kg:

    • Take 75 mg twice a day for 5 days.

    For preventing flu in adults over 40kg:

    • Take 75 mg once a day for 10 days.

    Your dosage instructions will be issued as above depending on how you need to use Tamiflu.

    If you weigh under 40kg or you are immunocompromised your doctor will advise you on the correct dosage. Please ensure that before taking Tamiflu you read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly.

  • What is in Tamiflu?

    Each capsule contains the active ingredient: oseltamivir

    Each capsule contains the inactive ingredient: pregelatinised starch, talc, povidone, croscarmellose sodium and sodium stearyl fumarate, gelatin, yellow iron oxide (E172), red iron oxide (E172) and titanium dioxide (E171), shellac (E904), titanium dioxide (E171) and FD and C Blue 2 (indigo carmine E132).

    Please take the time to read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly before taking Tamiflu.

  • Tamiflu side effects

    As with other medication, Tamiflu may cause some people to experience symptoms. These will usually improve once you stop taking these tablets. If they do not improve or you are concerned you should speak to a doctor or pharmacist for advice.

    The most common side effects are:

    • Headache
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Bronchitis
    • Cold sores
    • Cough, runny nose, sore throat
    • Dizziness
    • Fever
    • Pain in limb
    • Sleeping difficulties
    • Stomach ache
    • Tiredness

    If you experience severe side effects such as gastrointestinal bleeding, yellowing of the skin or extreme swelling around the face or you experience an allergic reaction when taking Tamiflu you must either call 999 or seek immediate medical attention from your nearest emergency department.

    Please take the time to read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly before taking Tamiflu.

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