Article date: November 2009
We are updating the UK versions of the Patient Information Leaflet for oseltamivir (Tamiflu) to clarify the advice relating to aspirin use during treatment with Tamiflu. The Patient Information Leaflets, including those with the 30/45 mg paediatric formulations, stated that “Tamiflu can be taken with paracetamol, ibuprofen, or acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin)”. This reflects the fact that there is no known interaction between oseltamivir and aspirin. It must not be interpreted that aspirin can be given to anyone younger than 16 years with Tamiflu. The use of aspirin is, and remains, contraindicated under 16 years because of the risk of Reye’s syndrome.
Further information is available at www.mhra.gov.uk/swineflu
Article citation: Drug Safety Update Nov 2009, vol 3 issue 4: 12a.