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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 100-103

Adverse drug reaction profile of oseltamivir in children


1 Department of Pharmacology, MP Shah Medical College, Jamnagar 361 008, Gujarat, India
2 Department of Pediatrics, MP Shah Medical College, Jamnagar 361 008, Gujarat, India

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Prashant S Dalvi
Department of Pharmacology, M.P. Shah Medical College, Jamnagar 361 008, Gujarat
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0976-500X.81901

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Aim: To monitor and evaluate the pattern of ADRs to oseltamivir in pediatric population suffering from H1N1 influenza at a tertiary care hospital. Materials and Methods: Children offered oseltamivir for treatment and chemoprophylaxis were monitored for adverse events by direct questioning for symptoms and clinical examination on day 5 and day 10. Assessment of neurological events was done by asking the parents or guardians regarding development of specific symptoms. Adverse events obtained were analyzed for severity, causality and age-group wise. Results: Out of 191 children (median age, 3 years), 69 (36.1%) developed ADRs. Most common symptoms were vomiting (16.2%) followed by diarrhea (12.0%), ear disorders (8.9%), and insomnia (6.8%). The incidence of neuropsychiatric symptoms was 12.6% which were mild-to-moderate on severity scale. There was no significant difference in the incidence of adverse events between children less than 1 year and other age groups. Conclusion: Oseltamivir is well tolerated in Indian children with suspected or confirmed H1N1 influenza. Our study also indicates safety of oseltamivir in infants.


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