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Can Tamiflu cause wheezing in a flu patient?

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Posted on Tue, 10 Jul 2018
Question: my wife, age 81, was diagnose with flu, and placed on Tamiflu three days ago. Still sick, she has developed a wheeze.. Major problem?
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (42 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Possibility of bronchitis is more likely.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
Viral upper respiratory tract infection (flu) can cause bronchitis (inflammation of lower airways) and cause wheezing.
No need to worry for this because bronchitis is usually subside by its own in 1 week time.
So continue with Tamiflu, maintain good hydration and do warm water gargles 5-6 times a day.
If she develops worsening wheezing or breathlessness or excessive coughing then consult doctor.
Please let me know if she is having breathlessness or excessive coughing along with wheezing.
I will be happy to help you further. Wishing good health to your wife. Thanks.
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Can Tamiflu cause wheezing in a flu patient?

Brief Answer: Possibility of bronchitis is more likely. Detailed Answer: Thanks for your question on Healthcare Magic. I can understand your concern. Viral upper respiratory tract infection (flu) can cause bronchitis (inflammation of lower airways) and cause wheezing. No need to worry for this because bronchitis is usually subside by its own in 1 week time. So continue with Tamiflu, maintain good hydration and do warm water gargles 5-6 times a day. If she develops worsening wheezing or breathlessness or excessive coughing then consult doctor. Please let me know if she is having breathlessness or excessive coughing along with wheezing. I will be happy to help you further. Wishing good health to your wife. Thanks.