Olsivir Capsule

Introduction

Olsivir Capsule is an antiviral medicine used to treat and prevent influenza (flu) as well as, swine flu (H1N1 virus). It helps to relieve the symptoms of the flu virus infection like a stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, cough, body aches, tiredness, headache, fever, and chills.

Olsivir Capsule prevents the flu virus from spreading inside the body. Influenza, commonly known as flu is an infection caused by a virus. This medicine should be taken only when prescribed by a doctor. It should be used in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. It can be taken with or without food, although taking it with food can reduce the chance of feeling or being sick (nausea or vomiting).

Do not skip any doses and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better. Stopping the medication too early may result in a relapse of the infection or failure to protect you from the flu.

Some common side effects include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, and diarrhea. These side effects mostly occur after the first dose of the medicine and will usually stop as treatment continues. Please consult your doctor if these side effects persist for a longer duration.

Before taking it, tell your doctor if you have problems with your heart, liver or kidneys. Avoid drinking alcohol as it may increase your risk of liver damage. Pregnant or breastfeeding mothers should consult their doctor before using this medicine.

Uses of Olsivir Capsule

  • Influenza (flu)

Side effects of Olsivir Capsule

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Olsivir

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea

How to use Olsivir Capsule

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Do not chew, crush or break it. Olsivir Capsule may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Olsivir Capsule works

Olsivir Capsule is a neuraminidase inhibitor. It inhibits neuraminidase (influenza virus enzyme) that helps the viruses to enter into uninfected cells of the body to cause or spread influenza infection in the body. This is how it works against the virus to treat influenza (flu).

Safety Advice

Alcohol

CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
It is not known whether it is safe to consume alcohol with Olsivir Capsule. Please consult your doctor.

Pregnancy

CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Olsivir Capsule may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.

Breastfeeding

SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Olsivir Capsule is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.

Driving

SAFE
Olsivir Capsule does not usually affect your ability to drive.

Kidney

CAUTION
Olsivir Capsule should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Olsivir Capsule may be needed. Please consult your doctor.

Liver

CAUTION
Olsivir Capsule should be used with caution in patients with severe liver disease. Dose adjustment of Olsivir Capsule may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Limited information is available on use of Olsivir Capsule in these patients. No dose adjustment is recommended in patients with mild to moderate liver disease.

What if you forget to take Olsivir Capsule?

If you miss a dose of Olsivir Capsule, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.