Is Tamiflu (Oseltamavir) That Useful – Read What Dr. Fox Says (Pediatric EM Morsels)

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In his most recent post, Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) for Children, Maybe Not a Magic Pill
BY SEAN FOX · PUBLISHED MARCH 2, 2018, Dr. Fox reviews the evidence for the use of Tamiflu to lessen the potential complications of an influenza infection. His introduction to the topic:

This flu season has been challenging, on multiple fronts, because patients have been told of the importance of Oseltamivir (Tamiflu). I, personally, however, have not seen a magic pill in our clinical environments. When something seems to be incongruent, I look to see what the Cochrane Library has to say. Let us review what is known about oseltamivir today (and actually since 2014):

Dr. Fox concludes that the evidence that Tamiflu helps prevent the complications of an influenza infection is nonexistent. And, like all medicines, it can have significant side effects.

As always his post is so succinct that you need to just visit the post and read it its entirety.

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