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Tamiflu (RX) for treatment of flu virus in Children with Flu

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    Bottom Line

  • Treatment with Neuraminidase inhibitors (e.g. zanamivir, oseltamivir). 6 studies conducted, with 2,356 children. Shortens the duration of the Flu symptoms by 1 day on average, and may reduce ear infections. Impact on other complications remains unclear. Mild side effects, including vomiting.

    • -  Evidence icon EVIDENCE | REASONABLY TESTED
    • -  Effectiveness icon EFFECTIVENESS | MILD BENEFITS
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Consider this treatment for children with Flu:

It may shorten the duration of the Flu symptoms a bit and prevent ear infections, but it evokes vomiting.

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Works best if taken within 2 days of having flu symptoms, and should be taken for 5 consecutive days.

About Tamiflu (RX)

For example: Oseltamivir (Tamiflu), Zanamivir (Relenza)

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    Target Population:

    Children with Flu, 2 to 16 years old

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    Varies according to age, weight and treatment. Oseltamivir usually 2 mg/kg, twice-daily, for 5 days. Zanamivir usually 10 mg, twice-daily, for 5 days.

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    Treatment of Influenza infection, symptoms and complications

Research Summary

  • - Green Pages icon Reasonably tested
  • 6 Clinical Studies
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  • Mild benefits
  • Benefits:

    Shortened the duration of Flu symptoms by about one day. May reduce ear infections based on only one trial. Unclear impact on other complications.

  • - Safety icon Mild risks
  • Risks:

    Common side effects include vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, headache, nosebleeds and trouble sleeping. Rare side effects may include psychiatric symptoms, trouble breathing and seizures.

Influenza virus infection Overview

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    Medical problem:

    Flu (influenza virus infection and symptoms).

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    Symptoms and signs:

    Cough, dizziness, fever, headache, nausea, pains, runny nose, sore throat, vomiting and aches.

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    Ear infection, lung infection, Seizures.

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Neuraminidase inhibitors (RX)

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