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rohvannyn posted:
What is your opinion on the helpfulnes of tamiflu? I keep reading reports about it not helping much. I know prevention is the best cure, but what if you get the flu anyway? I wonder if it's worth getting germs all over the others in the pharmacy just to pick a medication up that has limited effectiveness. What has your experience been?

Thanks, as always, for being here.
Roh

'Your focus determines your reality.' --QGJ
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Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
I have seen it help a great deal, but the diagnosis of INFLUENZA must be correct (by lab test) and the medication must be started EARLY (within a day, no more than two) for it to help. It shortens the course of the illness by a few days...important if you only have limited sick days or have an essential job where you can't be sick, and it does reduce the severity of the disease, because it lowers the "viral load".

I wish that people would just get the flu vaccine early in the season and Tamiflu would not likely be needed.
 
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rohvannyn replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
Thanks for the insight!
Roh

'Your focus determines your reality.' --QGJ


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