It can be pretty debilitating. My mother-in-law was basically chair ridden in her living room for 6 months because of the severity of her outbreak.
Family doctor Rx'ed it to me my sophomore year of HS. A few hours later I woke up and was hallucinating. No other drugs were in my system. Only reasonable explanation is the tamiflu caused it. This was almost 10 years ago. A quick google search, while not reliable research, shows others across the globe who have experienced similar effects.
I'm not a parent, but no way would I let my kid take that. I would advise anybody who does let thier kid take it to keep an eye on them. Maybe I'm the rare exception but I would rather take the extra 48 hours of being sick in bed then risk that again.
It also happens to act on increasing the dopamine in your brain, which is why it is used as an antiparkinsonian agent. Nearly all antipsychotics are dopamine blockers.
Once it works its way through a population, and presumably picks up a resistance to Tamiflu (and assorted antivirals) where does it go and hide before cropping up the next year?
Does it survive outside of living hosts? Why do we not have kick ass antiviral medicines yet? Just what the damn hell is going on here?!
They try to predict the best vaccine combination while it's on the other side of the world.
And what's the deal with airplane food?
And why is it not called womenstruation?
Worked like a charm
and still caught it - though I know there are numerous strains. My wife and B7 caught it also - both had the shot. B10 did not get the shot and did not catch the flu. I was prescribed Tamiflu and it knocked it out almost immediately.
It was a crappy way to spend Christmas.
I worked in the hospital this past week and this is obviously an early and potentially very bad flu season. The hospital is filled with elderly people with the flu and pneumonia.
I'll add that if you don't care about yourself getting the flu and don't want the vaccine for that reason, consider getting the vaccine if you're in contact with elderly or very young loved ones. You can spread the flu virus to them before you know you're sick. There have been 8 pediatric deaths in the US from the flu as of 12/22 and that number is going to skyrocket once Christmas break ends and kids are back at school.
The CDC website is a fantastic resource (linked)
I have an egg allergy, which makes getting one a bad idea.
I have one friend who died, and another who almost did by getting the flu vaccine. Something to do with the shots incubation in eggs.
As bad as his has been, I'll still never get a flu shot.
Before you get the shot, they will review contraindications. If you don't have a contraindication, and have received a vaccine in the past, you're fine.
Get the shot.
This is not medical advice.
You get an ultra mild version of the flu when you get the vaccine, in that your immune system develops a response to the vaccine products, which cannot divide and spread in your body. In some people, it may be a little stronger than others...especially if you already are beginning to fight off another infection. Anyone who gets a full blown "flulike" infection from the flu either has a different virus, or was already exposed before they got the vaccine.
I'm not really in one of the at-risk groups for the flu. I haven't had it in years. I got the flu shot like 4 years ago and got muscles aches and some nasal congestion.
It wasn't as bad as the flu, but it wasn't great.
Have some other questions.
If tamiflu is even slightly, marginally better for a patient than not taking it...they're going to take it.
The prospect of the viruses mutating and making it overall worse for our entire population isn't going to stop someone on an individual level.
Really great education post though...I just think it's a lost cause to try and convince people not to take drugs because 2 years down the road we'll all be better off if we limit supply now. You won't be able to change Tamiflu use on the demand side in this manner...there'd have to be a large change on the supply side to control this.
seem to be quite prevalent.
It sucked didn't it? That's the minor leagues of resistant bugs out there. This is the anti-vaccine motto...people choose to not vaccinate and generally get away with it due to herd immunity. But enough people don't vaccinate, herd immunity rapidly begins to diminish.