Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Flu Rx Comparisons

Comparison of Common Anti-Influenza Medicines

Oseltamivir (Tamiflu)

  • May be used to prevent flu in those over 1 year old
  • May be used to treat influenza in those over 1 year old
  • Main side effects include: nausea, vomiting, and headache

Zanamivir (Relenza)
  • Should not be used to prevent flu
  • May be used to treat flu in those over 7 years old
  • Main side effects include: nausea, headache, and diarrhea

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Last Updated: May 11, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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