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OSELOW CAPSULE contains Oseltamivir which belongs to the group of medicines called Antivirals. It is used in adults, adolescents, children and infants (including full-term new-born babies) for the treatment of flu (influenza) and also used as preventive treatment in a global flu pandemic and when the seasonal flu vaccine may not provide sufficient protection.
OSELOW CAPSULE can be used when you have flu symptoms, and the flu virus is known to be spreading in your community. It can also be used to prevent flu in adults, adolescents, children and infants above 1 year of age, only if you have been in contact with someone affected with flu.
OSELOW CAPSULE should be taken with caution in patients with long term respiratory or heart disease, kidney problems. Consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
OSELOW CAPSULE should be used in pregnant and breastfeeding women only if it is considered clearly necessary. Consult your doctor before taking the medicine.
OSELOW CAPSULE should be used with caution in children from 1 to 12 years of age and infants less than 1 year. It is also used with caution in elderly patients (above 65 years of age). Consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
The most common side effects of taking OSELOW CAPSULE are headache, nausea, vomiting, stomach ache, headache and pain. Contact your doctor if any of the symptoms get worse.
OSELOW CAPSULE prevents the spread of flu virus inside the body by blocking the action of chemicals required for the survival of virus. This helps to ease or prevent the symptoms of the flu virus infection.
Take OSELOW CAPSULE as advised by your physician. Swallow OSELOW CAPSULE with a glass of water and do not crush or chew it. Take it with food to reduce the chance of nausea and vomiting.
Your doctor will decide the correct dose and duration for you depending upon your age, body weight and the severity of infection.
Stop taking OSELOW CAPSULE and consult your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following side effects:
Rest and relax. Drink plenty of fluids such as water or ORS (Oral Rehydrating Solution) and apply a pain-relieving balm on the head if necessary. Contact your doctor if the headache did not improve.
Nausea or vomiting:
Take OSELOW CAPSULE along with or just after meals. Stick to simple meals. Avoid eating oil rich or spicy foods. If nausea and vomiting does not improve, contact your doctor.
Try to rest and relax. Eat and drink slowly or try to have smaller and frequent meals. Keep a heat pad on your stomach. If the stomach pain persists, contact your doctor.
Try to rest and relax. Get enough sleep. Avoid driving or operate any machines while you are feeling dizzy. Do not drink alcohol, as it can aggravate your dizziness. Contact your doctor if your dizziness did not improve.
OSELOW CAPSULE should be used in pregnant women only if it is considered clearly necessary. Consult your doctor before taking the medicine.
OSELOW CAPSULE should be used in breastfeeding women only if considered necessary as it may pass through the breast milk. Consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
OSELOW CAPSULE does not affect your abilities to drive or while operating machines. Consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
Avoid or limit the consumption of alcohol while taking OSELOW CAPSULE because it might make the medicine less effective.
OSELOW CAPSULE should be taken with caution in patients with kidney problems and may need dose adjustment. Consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
OSELOW CAPSULE can be used safely for treatment or for prevention in patients with hepatic dysfunction with no dose adjustment. Consult your doctor before taking OSELOW CAPSULE.
Do not take OSELOW CAPSULE if you are allergic to Oseltamivir or any of the other ingredients of this medicine.
OSELOW CAPSULE should be taken with caution in patients with long term (chronic) respiratory disease. Consult your doctor before taking OSELOW CAPSULE.
OSELOW CAPSULE should be taken with caution in patients with long term (chronic) heart disease. Consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
Before taking OSELOW CAPSULE, inform your doctor if:
Use in pediatrics:
OSELOW CAPSULE should be used with caution in children from 1 to 12 years of age and infants less than 1 year. There is no information on the use of OSELOW CAPSULE in paediatric patients with hepatic disorder. Consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
Use in geriatrics:
OSELOW CAPSULE should be used with caution in elderly patients (above 65 years of age). Consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
A. Drug - Drug interactions:
Before taking OSELOW CAPSULE, inform your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicine:
If you or anyone else accidentally take too much of OSELOW CAPSULE, consult your doctor immediately or visit the nearby hospital.
|Pharmacological Category||:||Neuraminidase inhibitors|
|Therapeutic Indication||:||Treatment and prevention of influenza (flu)|
|Dosage Forms||:||Capsule, Oral suspension, Syrup|
Is OSELOW CAPSULE a substitute for the flu vaccine?
No, getting the flu vaccine is the best way to protect against flu virus and to control the spread of the flu infection. Though OSELOW CAPSULE treats and prevents the flu virus spreading, it will not change the effectiveness of a flu vaccine and your doctor advise both for you. However, talk to your doctor for more information.
What should I do if I am not able to swallow OSELOW CAPSULE?
If you have trouble swallowing OSELOW CAPSULE capsules, you can use a liquid medicine. This can be made by pouring all the powder into a bowl and mix the powder with a small amount of sweetened liquid such as regular or sugar-free chocolate syrup, to cover up the bitter taste of the medicine. Give the whole contents of the bowl to the patient straight away.
What are the most common side effects of OSELOW CAPSULE?
The most common side effects of OSELOW CAPSULE are nausea and vomiting. Usually, they are not severe and happen in the first 2 days of treatment. Taking OSELOW CAPSULE along with food may lessen the chance of getting these side effects. Other side effects include stomach pain, headache, cough and nasal congestion.
What are the other measures to follow along with OSELOW CAPSULE?
The important measures to be followed along with OSELOW CAPSULE in treatment and prevention of flu infection include avoiding unnecessary close contact between sick people, covering coughs and sneezes and washing hands frequently. Most importantly flu vaccine should be taken.
How long should I take OSELOW CAPSULE for treating flu?
OSELOW CAPSULE should be taken as soon as possible, ideally within two days of the flu symptoms starting. It is important to take the medicine exactly as advised by the doctor. Usually, the course of treatment is 5 to 10 days depending on the disease condition. However, consult your doctor before starting the medicine.
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Written By Dr. N. Sai Swaroop, Pharm.D
Last updated on 10 Jan 2023 | 12:03 PM(IST)
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