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What does TamiFlu do?

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:15 AM on Oct. 30, 2009 in Health

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  • It is an antiviral that helps you recover from infections caused by viruses just like an antibiotic is an antibacterial and helps you recover from infections that are caused by bacteria.

    Answer by ThrivingMom at 10:18 AM on Oct. 30, 2009

  • It is a drug that interferes with the reproduction of the flu virus inside your body, thus shortening the duration of infection and possibly reducing the severity of symptoms.

    Answer by Freela at 10:22 AM on Oct. 30, 2009

  • You have to take it within the first 48 hours of symptoms.

    Answer by Gailll at 10:28 AM on Oct. 30, 2009

  • The FDA criticized the manufacturer of Tamiflu for "overstatement" of claims of efficacy, since blind studies comparing it to a placebo only resulted in a 1.3 day difference. A study on Sambucol (Elderberry) found a 3-4 day difference in duration of symptoms.

    Answer by rkoloms at 10:32 AM on Oct. 30, 2009

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