Precautions and Warnings for Oseltamivir

As with any drug, there are a number of precautions and warnings for oseltamivir (Tamiflu). For example, oseltamivir should not be taken if you are nursing. Also, in rare cases, oseltamivir has been reported to cause serious skin rashes. To reduce your risk of serious side effects, talk to your doctor about all your current medications.

What Should I Tell My Doctor Before Taking Oseltamivir?

Prior to taking oseltamivir (Tamiflu®), you should talk to your doctor if you have:
  • Liver disease or liver failure
  • Kidney disease or kidney failure
  • Heart disease
  • Lung disease
  • Any allergies to medicines.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
  • Pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
In addition, tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, antacids, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Some Precautions and Warnings for Oseltamivir

Here are a few precautions and warnings to be aware of when taking oseltamivir:
  • On rare occasions, oseltamivir has been reported to cause allergic reactions or serious skin reactions. If you notice an unexplained rash while taking oseltamivir, talk to your healthcare provider.
  • Oseltamivir is a pregnancy Category C medicine, meaning that it could potentially harm your unborn child. If you are pregnant, you should only take oseltamivir if your healthcare provider believes the benefit outweighs the possible risk to your unborn child.
  • It is not known whether oseltamivir passes through breast milk, so it is recommended that you do not take it while nursing (unless the benefit outweighs the potential risk to your baby). Talk to your healthcare provider about your particular situation.
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