Flu meds not as effective as claimed

Flu medications such as Tamiflu and Relenza are not as effective as claimed, according to a new research review published in the _British Medical Journal. _

Upon reviewing the benefits of Tamiflu,researchers found that the drug led to faster relief of flu symptoms by only half a day (from 7 days to 6.3 days), compared with a placebo drug. They also determined that Tamiflu did not reduce hospitalizations or complications from serious influenza - such as pneumonia, bronchitis, sinusitis or ear infection - in adults or children. Furthermore, the team found that Tamiflu stopped some people from producing enough of their own antibodies to fight flu infection.

The results also were similar for Relenza. The drug was found to reduce the duration of flu symptoms from 6.6 days to 6 days in adults - the equivalent of 14.4 hours - compared with a placebo drug, and no significant effect was found in children.

Based on their findings, the researchers said  that recommendations about using both Tamiflu and Relenza for flu prevention or treatment should be revised.

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Sourced from: Medical News Today, Review of Tamiflu and Relenza questions their effectiveness against flu