What Exactly Is Tamiflu?
Everyone knows about the Influenza A (AKA H1N1 virus, swine flu) and the basic tips on how to prevent it (wash your hands, cover your mouth when you cough, etc.) So, what happens when you or someone living in your household gets the flu? You have to live there too. What are you supposed to do in the meantime?
There’s a prescribed antiviral flu medicine called Tamiflu. Some people think only the person who has the flu virus should take it. However, if you personally have been exposed to someone who has the flu taking Tamiflu can help keep the virus from making you sick.
So, here’s the dealio (the facts) of Tamiflu:
For flu treatment: When taken within two days of experiencing symptoms, Tamiflu works by helping to stop the flu virus from spreading inside the body
For flu prevention: When you have been exposed to someone with the flu, taking Tamiflu can help keep the virus from making you sick
Adults felt better 30 percent faster (1.3 days) than flu patients who did not take Tamiflu
Children felt better up to 26 percent faster (1.5 days) than flu patients who did not take Tamiflu