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Dr. Aaron Wiegmann
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April 12, 2021
Tamiflu is a prescription medication, so you can’t buy it online without a doctor’s note from a licensed physician. Fortunately, you can get a prescription for Tamiflu online from a doctor, and have it delivered to your local pharmacy, or in some cases, to your home.
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Tamiflu is the proprietary name for oseltamivir, an antiviral medication used to treat and prevent influenza A and B. Influenza is better known as the common flu, a viral infection that affects hundreds of thousands every year.
About ten percent of the U.S. population gets the flu each year, while an average of 100,000 are hospitalized, and 36,000 die from complications. Tamiflu can be used to treat the flu if given promptly (1-2 days) after symptoms are experienced, and can be used as a preventative as well.
Specifically, Tamiflu “blocks an enzyme called neuraminidase, which helps the flu virus replicate and spread through your body” according to Dr. Elena Govorkova of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
When taken within 48 hours of symptom onset (this is critical) Tamiflu is clinically proven to reduce the duration of flu symptoms by one to two days. Years of observational data show that Tamiflu can improve survival against complications of influenza when compared to no treatment at all.
Tamiflu is prescribed by a doctor, and can be taken by mouth as a pill or liquid.
Side effects of Tamiflu most commonly include:
These side effects occur in 1 out of 22 adults, and 1 out of 19 children.
Other less common side effects include:
Rare allergic reactions to Tamiflu that have been reported are:
For adults and adolescents 13 years and older, the recommended dosage of Tamiflu is 75 mg. 2 x per day (1 75 mg. Capsule, or 12.5 mL oral suspension twice daily). For those who are able to swallow pills, the capsule is the recommended carrier.
Pediatric doses vary according to weight, and can be given to infants from 2 weeks of age. For those under one year of age, Tamiflu is not given as a preventative measure, only to decrease duration of symptoms.
When receiving Tamiflu online from a trained doctor, he or she will be able to prescribe you the correct dosage, and your pharmacist can also provide you with further instructions if needed.
If Tamiflu is started as directed (within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms), some improvements can be noticed within two to three days.
However, it is important to remember that Tamiflu is not, and does not work like an antibiotic. An antibiotic cures a bacterial infection. Influenza is a virus, and Tamiflu is an antiviral medication. There may be some relief of symptoms, but then again there may be no change. Tamiflu is meant to shorten the duration of the flu and relieve symptoms, not cure it outright.
No medicine can cure influenza, but many over-the-counter medicines can reduce the discomfort caused by the symptoms of colds and flu. It’s also prudent to be vaccinated against the flu every year to prevent an infection in the first place.
Tamiflu can be taken on an empty stomach, but if your stomach is upset after taking your dose, you may want to try eating.
Tamiflu should be taken regularly, with no skipped doses for best results. As with any doctor prescribed medication, a patient should continue to take the entire course of medication, even if they begin to feel better.
Tamiflu can be taken while nursing as no significant adverse effects have been reported in breastfed infants. Tell your doctor about any other prescription or non-prescription medications you are taking, including vitamins and supplements. Disclose to your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, as the effects of Tamiflu in pregnancy is not entirely known. Multiple studies have not shown an increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes with Tamiflu usage.
Healthcare providers should also be alerted to the following conditions before prescribing Tamiflu:
In rare instances, Tamiflu can cause serious allergic reactions. Contact your doctor if you notice an unexplained rash while taking Tamiflu, as this can be the start of either Stevens-Johnson syndrome or Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis. Both are serious, potentially life-threatening disorders that cause blistering and peeling of the skin.
When giving Tamiflu to children, the risk/benefit factors must be weighed. Generally Tamiflu is not recommended for mild cases of flu, if immunity compromise is not a factor. Gastrointestinal upset is a common side-effect, and potentially decreasing the length of influenza by one day may not be worth the possibility of dehydration.
Children who take Tamiflu must also be watched carefully for possible behavioral changes or psychological events. These side-effects are more common in children, and may not be able to be communicated effectively by young children.
Tamiflu is only recommended as a preventative measure to children under two if they have serious chronic conditions that put them at risk of death or serious illness.
The price of Tamiflu fluctuates, but can typically be purchased for around $175 for a 10 dose course at most pharmacies. Non-name brand oseltamivir can be purchased for a bit less, around $135 for the same amount. Liquid Tamiflu is more expensive, and all forms can be discounted through insurance (which typically discounts at 68%). Comparison shopping can be done at online retailers and there are some prescription coupons available.
If you have insurance, it’s likely that at least part of the cost of Tamiflu will be covered by your insurance plan.
Tamiflu is currently only available by prescription from a qualified healthcare professional. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean that Tamiflu is difficult to acquire. You can make an appointment with an online doctor, and be prescribed Tamiflu from the comfort of your home.
Some over-the-counter options that relieve similar symptoms that Tamiflu targets include:
Tamiflu is currently only available by prescription, so while it can’t be bought online, it can be prescribed and sent to a pharmacy via online contact with a licensed physician. You can get connected with some of the best doctors online through our sister company PlushCare. Make an appointment here.
Because Tamiflu is an antiviral that must be started quickly for greatest efficacy, the best option for online ordering is to procure a Tamiflu prescription online and then have the prescription sent to your local pharmacy for immediate pick up. Starting your round of flu medication as quickly as possible will result in quicker relief, and shorter duration of your illness.
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