- It is used to treat or prevent the flu.
- If your child has an allergy to this drug or any part of this drug.
- If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If your child has kidney disease.
- Tell all of your child’s health care providers that your child is taking this drug. This includes your child’s doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- This drug is not to be given in place of a flu shot. If your child’s doctor told you your child needs the flu shot, your child needs to get it.
- This drug does not treat the common cold.
- This drug does not stop the spread of the flu to others.
- Talk with the doctor before having your child get a flu vaccine after taking this drug. Talk with the doctor before your child takes this drug if your child has just gotten a flu vaccine.
If your child is pregnant or breast-feeding a baby:
- Talk with the doctor if your child is pregnant, becomes pregnant, or is breast-feeding a baby. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug.
- This drug has sorbitol in it and may lead to upset stomach and diarrhea in people who have fructose intolerance. Talk with the doctor.
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- People with the flu can have nervous system problems and behavior problems that can lead to death. The chance may be higher in children. Call the doctor right away if your child has a change in thinking clearly and with logic, a change in the way he/she acts, speech problems, shakiness, seizures, or hallucinations.
- A very bad skin reaction (Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis) may happen. It can cause very bad health problems that may not go away, and sometimes death. Get medical help right away if your child has signs like red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin (with or without fever); red or irritated eyes; or sores in the mouth, throat, nose, or eyes.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Give this drug with or without food. Give with food if it causes an upset stomach.
- To gain the most benefit, do not miss giving your child doses.
- Keep giving this drug to your child as you have been told by your child’s doctor or other health care provider, even if your child feels well.
- If your child has trouble swallowing this drug, talk with the doctor. If the doctor tells you to, you may mix contents of the capsule with a sweet liquid like chocolate syrup, caramel topping, corn syrup, or light brown sugar melted in water.
- A liquid (suspension) can be made from the capsules if needed. Talk with the doctor or pharmacist.
- Shake well before use.
- Measure liquid doses carefully. Use the measuring device that comes with this drug. If there is none, ask the pharmacist for a device to measure this drug.
- Give a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is less than 2 hours until your child’s next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your child’s normal time.
- Do not give 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
- Store capsules at room temperature.
- Store liquid in a refrigerator. Do not freeze. Throw away any part not used after 17 days.
- You may also store at room temperature. If you do, throw away any part not used after 10 days.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
- If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
- Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
- Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
- Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.