Does Tamiflu Work?


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The Huffington Post says that study results released in 2013 indicate that Tamiflu does not prevent serious illnesses from developing in people who contract influenza or other viral illnesses. Tamiflu may also not be able to reduce the severity of influenza symptoms in the elderly.

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WebMD says that Tamiflu may be able to decrease the duration of influenza by a day or two and make symptoms less severe. It only works if taken very early in the course of the illness.

Tamiflu does not reduce the risk of hospitalization due to influenza complications, notes Forbes. Roche, the manufacturer of Tamiflu, sponsored all the research on the effectiveness of the drug and has been unwilling to release all the data from the studies.

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