What can cause vomiting while on Oseltamivir for H3 flu?
I am still sick. no fever. today experiencing throwing up unable to keep any food down.
Oseltamivir can cause vomiting- might be a side effect.
Thanks for posting your query.
I carefully read your question and understand your concern.
The vomiting you are experiencing can be caused by a few causes and a very important one to consider is the risk it might be a side effect of oseltamivir. Nausea and vomiting is very common side effect with Oseltamivir.
The treatment with Oseltamivir is recommended for up to 5 days and if you already had a 5 days course you might need to just stop it.
Literature says Oseltamivir reduces flu symptoms for only one day earlier than if the patient did not take it. So it is needed to balance the benefits and side effects of using it. In your case not being able to keep anything down than you might need to consider if you should continue its use, discussing this with the doctor that prescribed it is important.
Meanwhile to help with the nausea and to be able to substitute the water and electrolytes you loose with vomiting it is important to take oral rehydration solutions and also other fluids but in small frequent amount so you will be able to keep it. For example a sip or two in 5 minutes. Keep a bottle with some fluid next to you and drink frequently. Even if you do not take food at least make sure you drink well.
So to conclude:
1. Oseltamivir is a drug that might cause vomiting and you need to discuss with your doctor if you should go on with it.
2. Make sure you take oral rehydration solutions.
3. Make sure you take it and other fluids in small frequent amount.
4. Avoid fried, fatty food and fast food, make sure you take BRAT diet (banana, apple, toast and rice).
I hope this answers to your question and is helpful to you.
Dr. Zotaj Antoneta, General & Family Physician