In its new press release, the has said that it’s expanding the approved use of Tamiflu (oseltamivir) to treat children as young as 2 weeks old who have shown symptoms of flu for no longer than two days. The announcement is being overwhelmingly welcomed by parents and health care professionals as it would help them curb the issue of flu in minor group.

The announcement was made by the federal agency after various studies and analysis substantiated the efficacy and safety of the drug in this age group of children. However, the federal agency has made it clear that the drug is still not approved to prevent flu infection in children younger than 2 weeks. According to the studies performed by the agency, safety and efficacy of Tamiflu to treat flu infection has not been established in children younger than 2 weeks old and hence health professionals should avoid using among this group.

Although the drug is approved, still the fixed dosing regimen has to be followed in which dosing for children younger than 1 year must be calculated for each patient based on the body weight of the individual. In its notification the agency has said that all recipients of the drug who are younger than 1 year should receive 3 milligrams per kilogram twice daily for five days. These smaller doses will require a different dispenser than what is currently co-packaged with Tamiflu.

What is oseltamivir or Tamiflu?

The drug Tamiflu or oseltamivir is a prescription drug that was approved by the federal agency United States Food and Drug Administration in the year of 1999 to treat influenza or flu. Since then the drug has been widely prescribed in various regions ofUnited Statesfor those patients who suffer from mild to moderate influenza. According to the reports the drug can shorten the duration of the flu if taken as soon as symptoms start.

Possible side effects of Tamiflu:

Some of the side effects that people can experience after using the drug are:

  • Mild to moderate nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Bronchitis
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pain
  • Headache

Who should consult doctor prior to taking this drug?

To make sure you can safely take Tamiflu, tell your doctor if you have other medical conditions, especially:

  • disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Lung disease
  • If you have used a nasal flu vaccine (FluMist) within the past 2 weeks.
  • Swelling in the brain or any kind of brain disorder