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How long does it take for a tamiflu capsule affect the body after consumed?
I take the tamiflu pill and is the 3rd day one in morning and one at night. I took the last pill for the day at 8.30pm sharp then 2 hours later i cough out some fluid i think i accidentally spit out the tamiflu cause my mouth was to much of flu fluid in my mouth.

I just wondering will my body be able to absorb all the tamiflu and will it cause the flu to be back. I did take it in the morning.

  There's no specific data on how long it really takes for Tamiflu to work, at least 75% of an oral dose reaches the systemic circulation as with the active ingredient of Tamiflu, oseltamivir carboxylate. So literally, your body won't absorb all the Tamiflu.
How long does it take tamiflu to get out of your system?
My wife has been nauseous and vomitting for 3 days after stopping tamiflu advised by her doc. How long does it take tamiflu to get out of her system? Is it worth visit ER? Doc's office is closed today.
  I'm sorry I dont know, I really wish I could help.
How long after you have taken Tamiflu is it still effective?
When my 9 year old caught the flu the first week in March, our entire family took Tamiflu. My son kicked the flu in record time and the rest of us avoided it completely. It is now almost two months after the fact: How long do we we have immunity from the Tamiflu? My husband travels a lot and I am hoping with the swine flu that is all over the news, he will have some protection.
Ann K
  That fact that you have already take the cure, has some profound effects. First, your liver filters chemicals such as these from your body in a matter of hours. 2 months is a very long time. I advise that you do not take this flu therapy until you actually catch the flu again. The problem is that once a vaccine is taken, like antibiotics, viruses can adapt and become unaffected by such medications. Thus you have to make sure that you finish the whole course of antibiotics. This is the same for the swine flu. The good news is that we have 2 cures for this virus. If you show symptoms, visit your doctor and he will advise you on the best course of action. Generally, your husband should be unaffected since this virus affects teenagers more then adults.
What if you don't take Tamiflu during the first 48 hours of the flu?
What happens if you don't take Tamiflu during the first 48 hours of the flu? Can Tamiflu still be effective at reducing the severity and duration of the flu if taken after the first 48 hours?
  It may decrease the symptoms some but is most effective when started early in the illness.
How long will my daughter be contagious with the flu after taking Tamiflu?
She started her first dose of Tamiflu on Wednesday and she feels 100% better. I have to work this weekend and will need to take her to a sitter. Will she still be contagious?
check out this site for info but from what I have read on many sites, your child will be contagious until after the coughing stops.
You do realize that you can spread it as well since you are your daughters primary care giver.
Good luck.
Will my contraceptive pill still work after taking tamiflu last week?
I finished the tamiflu treatment for suspected swine flu last week and was wondering, will the pill still be effective for having sex without a condom?
kendal ^__^
  any form of antibiotics stops the pill from working for atlest a week, put id go for 10 days just to be sure
How long does Tamiflu protect you from catching flu?
There is one in our household that has h1n1....the rest of us are on Tamiflu for protection due to high risk. My husband and I are experiencing much lessened symptoms and my 4 yr old hasn't had any so far . Just wondering how long it will provide us with protection?
Can tamiflu or relenza be normally bought in U.S. drugstores?
I´m asking for people living in the U.S.

If you get sick with swine-flu-like symptons, go to a doctor, and he does prescribe you tamiflu for it,

is it possible for you to buy it normally in a drugstore or, did the government take the medicine out of drugstores and is the only possible source for it?

I´m asking because here in Brazil, the medicine was taken out of drugstores and I´d like to know how it works in the U.S.

Lafayette Jota
Is Tamiflu (oseltamivir phosphate) available in either Shot or IV form?
We have a puppy who has Parvovirus (a deadly virus for puppies), I have found online that, dispite the fact it is originally intended to treet humans for flu/birdflu symptoms, Tamiflu is nearly 100% effective in curing Parvo in dogs too.

The problem is our poor puppy, Cooper, is so sick he is unable to hold down hardly any food/water without puking it up.

My question is, is there a version of this medication (Tamiflu) that is either in Shot format, or something that could be given in an IV to our puppy.

Thanks in advance for your help
For those concirned - The Puppy (Cooper) is already at the vet ... I am just researching additional options for our vet to increase our puppy's chance of survival.

Pictures of our puppy from before he got sick can be seen here:
  Please take your dog to the vet, it is probably dehydrated from vomiting/no eating or drinking and he could probably do with some fluids. The vet will also tell you about the possibility of using tamiflu, although if he's been sick more than two days it wont do any good, Tamiflu is given if you have noticed symptoms for no more than 2 days.
Amanda RN
Amanda E
What do i take with Tamiflu to prevent a sore stomach?
Hi, i am 15 years old and 140 pounds and I just started taking tamiflu in the pill form. The first dose i took with two granola bars and two glasses of milk. After that my stomach hurt for about 6 hours. What should i eat with the second dose so i wont have a sore stomach?
  the first dose makes you feel sick and a bit in pain
its not as bad with the second and wasnt there at all with the rest
Whats the better anti-viral to buy in case bird-flu starts spreading person to person. Relenza or Tamiflu?
The only 2 anti-virals that work against the bird flu virus. Relenza and Tamiflu needed to be taken early on after getting infected. I'm going to be travelling and want to have a dose of the drug prior to leaving the country. I want to know which one is better?
  In a recent study a doctor was pretty disappointed with tamiflu's performance.

Have a read:
What is your experience of Tamiflu or Relenza?
Have you taken Tamiflu or Relenza for swine flu?
What, if any, side effects did you experience?
How long did you feel unwell - from the flu or side effects?
Do you feel you made the right decision taking it?
  •More than half of the children in England taking the swine flu drug Tamiflu capsule / pill (Roche -oseltamivir) suffer side-effects such as nausea, insomnia and nightmares, delirium, psychosis and hallucinations.

•The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which found 103 cases of "neuropsychiatric adverse events", including the DEATHS of a 17-year-old boy who was killed after jumping in front of a truck and a 14-year-old boy who fell after climbing on a balcony railing.

•The government says about 150,000 people in England have received Tamiflu via the National Pandemic Flu Service, which was launched last week.

•Pharmaceutical company wrote to US doctors warning that "people with the flu, particularly children, may be at an increased risk of self-injury and confusion shortly after taking Tamiflu and should be closely monitored for signs of unusual behaviour".

•Tamiflu : 40% reported gastrointestinal problems including nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach pain and cramps, while 18% reported a "neuropsychiatric side-effect" such as poor concentration, inability to think clearly, problems sleeping, feeling dazed or confused, bad dreams or nightmares and "behaving strangely.

•The most common side-effects for Relenza (GlaxoSmithKline - zanamivir) inhaler - which is being given to pregnant women - include a cough and ear, nose and throat infections.

•Three Japanese adults committed suicide while on Tamiflu while five children died. Since 1999, when Relenza was approved, there have been 115 reports of psychiatric events, of which 74 were children.

M A Salam
How long until Tamiflu starts to make you feel better from swine flu?
Hi, me, my husband & my daughter have swine flu and my Daughter and husband were both extremely sick yesterday and were given their first dose of tamiflu last night. They both seem extremely well today. Is this possible to make them feel so much better so soon?

ღ Pregnant with #2 It's a GIRL!!ღ
  Tamiflu reduces the duration of the flu by 2 0r 3 days, for mild cases. It is possible that they make you feel better sooner than usual but to clear up your infection completely, take Tamiflu for the full course of treatment.
I need a medication for swine flu for somebody else in other country.?
I researched thru internet and found out that Tamiflu (Oseltamivir), Relenza (Zanamivir) are the medications for the A influenza or the swine flu.

It's my sister who needs this mecation, and she lives in Asia. She wants me to send medication for her. How can I get Tamiflu?

I saw ad from the internet that from CANADA drug website they sell it. are they reliable? for example:

it's 59dollars for 10 pills. Do I still need a prescription to buy it from that website? I couldn't really tell.

Could she get sick by it because she is Asian? (different digestion?body?)

please tell me the reliable information.
  the tamiflu and zanamivir are drugs called retrovirals. flu is a virus and has to run its course. the only thing you canreally do is give supportive therapy like fluids tylenol for fever, etc. all the tamiflu does is shorten the amount of time your sick by two to three days. so if you dont get her any, tell her to hang on, it will be over soon. if she gets to where she is not eating or drinking and is getting dehydrated, tell her to go to the doctor and get some fluids through an IV. the flu sucks! hope she feels better!
What does it mean now that there is a tamiflu resistant H1N1 virus strain?
Is it a bad thing that there is a tamiflu resistant H1N1 virus strain? And what does it mean now?
  The answer to your question is there in this blog, hope it might help you :)

Goto :
Can i use Central Tamiflu - Oseltamivir Phosphate to make muscles faster ??? and are there any side effects ??
  You want to use an antiviral medicine to make your muscles larger? That is a waste of good medicine. Save it for the flu.
Susan S
How efficient is the French Oscillococcinum against flue?
On the scale 1 to10 - how would you rate the Oscillococcinum against another so called "helpful" antiviral drugs Tamiflu and Relenza?
This new info is much much better.
Thank you very much SDr.
  Well I searched and found a few links on "Oscillococcinum" here they are I hope they help you in your search :-
Alas despite trying I could'nt find anything apart from product by Boiron, I guess I will have to prove the remedy myself to get to know exactly what it is all about.

Take care and God bless.
Soul Doctor
how do you pronounce tamiflu and relenza?
how do you pronounce these medications???
Julia M
  Just like they are spelled. Tam-i-flu and re-len-za
Do you have to have a prescription for Tamiflu and Relenza?
My family and I have been looking everywhere for this stuff and no luck. Was it ever available over the counter? Or did they wipe it off the shelves for the hospitals?
Nope,my family doesn't have it. We just want to have some on hand incase we would have to treat ourselves or something. Dr. ain't gonna give it to us if we don't have it.
xoxo - knm
  Yes, in the US (as well as in EU), you do need a prescription for both.
These drugs were never OTC.

As far as availability goes: both drugs are very specific; quite expensive. Since even during the seasonal flu period the demand for these drugs was never really high, the retail pharmacy normally would stock only a few packages (if any at all).

Now is a different story.
is it NECESSARY to drink tamiflu or relenza to CURE H1N1/swine flu?
What im asking is it the ONLY way to cure someone with swine flu? Or can a lot of rest, other medications, good intake of vitamins make a patient with the swine flu better?
  You need to realize that all this hype over the SWINE FLU is just that, hype. Just like the SARS or the BIRD FLU, the same people are back at it again trying to extract as much money from people as they can using scare tactics, intimidation and fear as their weapons.

More people will get the flu from the vaccines than from the disease itself and this is typical of most vaccines. Drugs are not how the body builds good immunity. That is a myth that is being propagated because there is no money in building real immunity for them. Modern medicine has become BIG BUSINESS and is NOT about health at all. All you have to do is look at the statistics to realize that.

We do know that people living closer to the equator get far less incidences of the flu and that is primarily due to the excess vitamin D3 they get in their bodies from eating tropical foods like coconut oil and getting good sunlight each day. NOT USING sunscreen is important as well. Since the inception of sunscreen in 1988, the skin cancer rate has more than doubled as a result of using that junk. It blocks the UVB rays of the sun that mix with cholesterol in your blood to make vitamin D3. Statistics show that the farther north you go, the more incidences of the flu happen.

This stupid vaccine these guys have designed is genetically engineered to fight the genetically engineered flu. The whole idea that a vaccine builds immunity is NOT GOOD SCIENCE and many people in the health care industry are refusing to get the vaccine themselves for good reason. Doesn't it make more sense to build your immunity against all diseases rather than picking some virus and trying to build your immunity against that particular virus that will mutate anyway and make the vaccine ineffective?

Look what they are putting into that junk besides the LIVE VIRUS that is giving many people the flu:

1) ALUMINUM (two variants) - directly linked to Alzheimer's Disease

2) AMMONIUM SULFATE - an inorganic chemical compound used a fertilizer and "protein purifier"; known to cause kidney & liver damage, gastrointestinal disfunctions

3) AMPHOTERICIN B - an "antifungal disinfectant", damages the urinary tract, bowels, heart functions

4) RE-CYCLED ANIMAL TISSUE (multiple) - the building blocks of Mad Cow Disease

5) FORMALDEHYDE - used as "a preservative & disinfectant", known to cause cancer, chronic bronchitis, eye irritation when exposed to the body's immune system

6) MSG - now known to cause cancer in humans, also linked to obesity

7) PHENOL - a highly toxic disinfectant dye, attributed to liver, kidney, heart & respiratory damage

8) PHENOXYETHANOL (ANTIFREEZE) - proven to have extreme neurotoxic side effects

9) THIMEROSAL (MERCURY) - a neurotoxin linked to psychological, neurological & immunological problems. Nervous system damage, kidney disease, birth defects, dental problems, mood swings, mental changes, hallucinations, memory loss, nerve damage and inability to concentrate can occur. Symptoms also include tremors, loss of dermal sensitivity, slurred speech and, in rare cases, even death and paralysis. This additive alone was the catalyst for another recent Class Action Lawsuit organized by mothers of children born with Autism & the many related behavioral disorders associated with it. Autism is now occurring at levels never seen before in history, 1 in 67. The average used to be 1 in 20,000.

What in the world are they doing by putting MSG into your blood stream? Don't they know that combining that with iron in your blood causes brain damage? Ammonium Sulfate? What has that got to do with giving you immunity?

Last year, 106,000 people died in hospitals that were given FDA approved medications that were doctor prescribed for the ailments they were suffering from. What investigation was launched to find out why? NONE. Why not? Doesn't it make sense that when 106,000 people die as a result of FDA approved medications that someone should be asking questions?

We are flooded with indoctrination by these people everyday. You hear it on the T.V. and radio constantly. Kill this, relieve that, but is it really working? We now rank 39th in the world according to the World Health Organization for health. Guam is ahead of us. 38 countries in the world are healthier than the U.S., yet we consume 70% of all the drugs made in the world. In 1905, the CDC reported that less than 5% of ALL Americans were chronically ill. In 2005, the same CDC reported that more than 53% of ALL Americans were chronically ill. Does that sound like progress to you?

In 1922, a guy named Bernays, Sigmond Freud's cousin was named the "Father of Spin." He convinced people that cigarettes were good for you and the medical profession allowed doctors to tell people that cigarettes were good for their digestion and then doctors went on to tell people what cigarettes they were smoking and which brands were better than others. Not until recently did that change. Amazing. Doctors even recommended that pregnant mothers smoke to relieve their anxiety.

These same people are out in force again promoting garbage that they have been indoctrinated with and it is so very sad that they are being listened too. These people are telling us that Autism is not a result of vaccinations. Yet, cultures around the world and in the U.S. that do not vaccinate have Autism rates way over the 1 in 20,000 range. Yet, today, 1 in 69 children have Autsim and that statistic is getting progressively worse every day.

good luck to you


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MelAttree: @MamfaJane yep am on tamiflu. Some hectic flu... :(
Steve_Lockstep: @iappleby I cannot recommend Tamiflu too highly - if your symptoms less than 24 hrs and you need to get functional.
femalefi: Tamiflu's main natural ingredient is Chinese star anise
SarahLangstone: My llast tweet was 619 days ago! I was trying to decide whether or not to take tamiflu! Nutty! Swineflu - not as bad as they made out.
robpisan: @RachaelFinch Get better soon! I had a week off work with the flu, its a nasty one this year. Tamiflu and Lemsip helped! #sick
jimmyc2424: No Tamiflu? Greatest healthcare??!! Thanks United States of Hypocrisy. The land of plenty (of bullshit). Privatized fucking problems.