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Cochrane review questions benefit of Tamiflu

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'Although one day does not sound like a lot, in a disease that lasts only six days, it is' From Wendy Barclay: I'm wondering if she has ever had a bad atatck of flu, herself ? I still 'shout at the TV' whenever a football manager says 'he's got a touch of flu today, but he'll be fine for the weekend' (that 'flu' ISN'T like the flu I had !). It might last 'for 6 days' but those 6 days are very different - I can recall 'about a day' of feeling absolutely terrible, when I had flu as a kid. I was laying in bed, soaked in sweat, muscles aching, headache, virtually too weak to stand up, and if I tried to close my eyes, it felt as if someone had tied a rope to my ankles and was swinging me round in a circle. I'm not sure that shortening the overall length of the illness by a tiny bit, would be a good trade if the side effects of this drug are 'it causes nausea and vomiting and increases the risk of headaches' - I wouldn't take that trade-off, knowing how bad I was anyway (in the 24 hours directly before the 'fever breaks and you just feel weak/drained for many days' stage).

Posted date

11 April, 2014

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2:46 pm

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