How Dangerous is Tamiflu?

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If the anti-flu drug Tamiflu has injured you or a loved one in the Fort Lauderdale area, talk to our team of attorneys at Kelley/Uustal. Whether you are sick, or the flu attacks your child, you want the illness to be over as soon as possible. Considering how deadly the influenza outbreak has been so far this season, this is particularly true for people who have the flu. However, some people are finding the treatment for the flu even more dangerous than the virus.

What Is Tamiflu?

Tamiflu is an antiviral drug doctors use to fight the flu. The medical community uses it to ease symptoms and keep the illness from getting worse. If you take it soon after you have started to suspect the flu, it can stop the virus from multiplying and spreading as much in your body. On average, it reduces your sick time by about one day.

Doctors often prescribe Tamiflu to people who are at a high risk of serious flu complications. Pregnant women, young children, elderly people, people who are obese, and people who have chronic illnesses that leave them more susceptible to flu complications are usually considered to be at high risk.

Is Tamiflu Dangerous?

Tamiflu has been extremely helpful to some people when their physicians catch the virus in time, but often people are already in the worst part of the illness by the time they see their doctors, so they may be putting themselves at risk when they take Tamiflu. Unfortunately, many people don’t know about the drug’s dangerous side effects.

The degree to which people experience these side effects varies. Some people have delusions, hallucinations, fever, and disorientation. These symptoms can happen after taking just one pill, which is less than what doctors usually recommend. Twenty clinical trials conducted research and found that in some people, Tamiflu can even prevent the immune system from producing its own antibodies.

Tamiflu reportedly has caused seizures, self-harm, even suicide. While these side effects do not happen to every person who takes the drug, they are linked to dozens of deaths.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that Tamiflu is the first drug that is recommended for influenza every year. However, during the swine flu epidemic in 2009, Europe spent millions on it and later studies showed that it could have made the flu symptoms worse.

In Japan, eight children and three adults committed suicide after taking Tamiflu. There were also more than 1,745 children around the country who experienced psychiatric side effects. Japan banned Tamiflu for teenagers after multiple teens committed suicide or harmed themselves while on the drug.

After analyzing the details about Tamiflu, researchers estimate that if 1 million people took the drug, about 90,000 would experience vomiting, 70,000 would get diarrhea, 20,000 would have headaches, and 20,000 would have abdominal pain.

While many people have reported damaging side effects from the drug, the company that makes Tamiflu is passionately defending it and reporting numbers that show that negative effects are rare. Many countries, including the United States, still use it as a common flu drug because the number of people with serious side effects is not significant enough after considering how many people use it.

What to Do If Tamiflu Has Caused You or a Loved One Injury

If a physician prescribed Tamiflu for you or a loved one and it caused you any injury, talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer in Fort Lauderdale. No matter the circumstances under which you took the drug, Tamiflu manufacturers may be responsible for your experience, and you deserve to be compensated for your injuries.