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Texas Girl Suffers From Major Side Effects From Tamiflu

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“Know that side effects are there for a reason. They’re written down for a reason. I guess they can happen, and we got the short end of the stick,” a North Texas father told CBS DFW after his six-year-old daughter had terrible side effects from taking Tamiflu. The little girl experienced hallucinations, tried to run away from school, and even attempted jumping out of a second-story window.

The girl’s family took her to the hospital where emergency room physician Dr. Glenn Hardesty said he had never seen such a bad reaction that included psychosis from Tamiflu in 20 years of practice.

According to the FDA, “Tamiflu (oseltamivir phosphate) is an antiviral drug. It works by attacking the flu virus to keep it from multiplying in your body and by reducing the symptoms of the flu. Tamiflu can sometimes keep you from getting the flu if you take it before you get sick.” The most common side effects are nausea and vomiting, and even those symptoms go away quickly and can be prevented by taking the medicine with food. The FDA states that the very rare side effects are more likely to be seen in children and teens, like unusual behavior, seizures, and confusion. Young people who are taking the drug should be monitored.