Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Tamiflu effects

More than half of children taking the swine flu drug Tamiflu experience side effects such as nausea and nightmares.

Studies of 1003 children showed that 51 to 53 percent had one or more side effects from the medication.

The most common side effect was nausea (29 percent), followed by stomach pain or cramps (20 percent) and problems sleeping (12 percent).

Almost one in five had a “neuropsychiatric side effect,” such as inability to think clearly, nightmares and “behaving strangely.”

The World Health Organization has said healthy patients who catch swine flu do not need to be treated with Tamiflu.

Antiviral drugs should be used in patients who are severely ill or those in high-risk groups including the under fives and pregnant women, it said.

The cost of the drug and the potential for resistance were taken into account by the expert panel.

But the UK government said it was taking a "safety first" approach by offering antivirals to everyone

Please note that the vast majority of deaths related to swine flu are in people who had secondary conditions, meaning they were already weak or ill from other causes

Question was it the administration of Tamiflu that acted as the catalyst for their deaths?

We will never know because no investigation of this situation will be undertaken

However in Japan

The Japanese government has warned doctors that Tamiflu, the drug being stockpiled around the world as a defence against a bird flu pandemic, should not be prescribed to teenagers for fear that it can lead to bizarre and self-destructive behaviour.

Tokyo’s Ministry of Health and Welfare today instructed the Japanese distributor of the drug to include a warning not to give the drug to patients aged between 10 and 19, after reports that at least 18 Japanese children taking Tamiflu have died as a result of irrational behaviour

An ongoing saga where slowly it is being understood that Tamiflu has known and unknown sideffects

That several of these side effects are serious and not fully understood, by the public at least

Apart from anything else Tamilfu is not specific to the current strain of swine flu

As such it is not offering anything other than a possible reduction in the time affected

Tamiflu offers no protection from any new or evolving strains of flu

Why in such a situation, apart from political advantage, would any government offer or use this product?

Could it be that the creation of fear is on someones agenda?

Could it be that some are making huge profits from this situation?

Of course they are

So better focus on your own defences

The best defence against all flu strains is still a healthy immune system

Do not take flu shots

Strengthen your immune system

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