My father has COPD and Heart disease. He has the flu. not sure if it is influenza a or not and was given tamiflu. About 4 hours later he had a hard time breathing and felt the inside of his nose was swelling. Should A patient with COPD and heart disease be taking this drug?
16 Feb 2011
The info I read from a drug book says tamiflu should be used cautiously in those with chronic cardiac or chronic respiratory diseases. COPD would definitlely fall into that catigory. It is not contraindicated. It just says use with caution. It is hard to say whether the breathing difficulty was due to the Tamiflu or whether it was his illness getting worse. Flu type illnesses can be devastating on those with chronic respiratory illnesses. That is why the CDC recommends these folks get flu shots and pneumonia shots on a regular basis. In any case, I would not let him take Tamiflu in the future as it could have been an allergic reaction if he had difficulty breathing and felt like the airways were swelling.
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