Researchers find antiviral drugs not good for kids - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/11/09

Researchers find antiviral drugs not good for kids

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Flu drugs Tamiflu and Relenza are not going to help kids infected with the virus and is something that's likely to change the way doctors treat kids who come down with the swine flu, that's according to experts at the University Of Oxford reporting in the British Medical Journal. 

Researchers reviewed data from clinical trials of more than 1,700 kids treated for the flu and more than 1,200 of them actually had the swine flu.  They decided the drugs only cut the time the kids were sick by just one day and Tamiflu was linked to an increased risk of vomiting.  Researchers say since most swine flu cases are mild anyway, most kids would benefit more by keeping these flu drugs on the shelf.

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