2006-12-15 00:00:00

Tamiflu - FDA Warns against side effects

FDA released a warning regarding the use of Tamiflu, they warn of the potential risk for neuropsychiatric events associated with its use. These behaviors have been seen primarily in Japan with over 100 cases that have been reported. Effects of the medication include panic attacks, suicide attempts, hallucinations and delirium.

For many years Japan has closely followed and documented the effects of flu on their citizens. This explains why these cases have been noticed in Japan first, along with the higher useof the drug amongst the Japanese. Each year an estimated two million Americans take Tamiflu which has been shown to decrease the duration of the flu by a day or two. The flu season has not yet started in the US, so these cases have not been seen.

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