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Year-old Texas girl suffered rare side effects after taking Tamiflu

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Melissa Porter | 17 January, 2018, 08:18

But afterward, she hallucinated, tried to run away from her school, and may have even tried to self-harm, the parents believe.

"The second-story window was open, which is in her bedroom", the girl's father told KTVT.

Although rare, delusions and hallucinations are listed as side effects, and the prescribing information lists a section for neuropsychiatric events.

"Less than 1 percent is what's listed in the data sheet", he said. Dr. Glenn Hardesty, an ER physician from the Texas Health Prosper, acknowledges that such side effects are extremely rare, but not impossible.

While every drug comes with various potential side effects, which may or may not manifest, the effects Tamiflu had on their young daughter was beyond anything the family could have imagined. "You've probably seen there's been 20 deaths of children across the country so far, so that's a much higher incidence from the side effects of the Tamiflu".

"I don't think the 16 hours of symptom relief from the flu is worth the possible side effects we went through", said the girl's father.

Forbes further highlights that back in 2005, the FDA studied reports of more than a hundred cases in which Tamiflu caused confusion, delirium, hallucination, and other types of abnormal behavior.

Still, the little girl's parents say they wish they had known. Moreover, 12 children in Japan reportedly died after taking Tamiflu.

"Know that side effects are there for a reason", he said. They're written down for a reason.

According to the Tamiflu website, the function of the drug is to treat people who have had the flu for two days or less, or who have been exposed but don't show symptoms yet. "I guess they can happen, and we got the short end of the stick", the father said.

"Kids and young people with this season's flu virus might be at a higher hazard for seizures, perplexity, or unusual conduct ahead of schedule amid their ailment".

There are several common side effects of the medication: nausea, vomiting, headaches, and fatigue.