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callady Donating Member (554 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-05 12:05 PM
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Tamiflu Linked to Death of 2 Teens
Tamiflu linked to deaths of 2teens


Saturday, November 12, 2005 at 17:44 JST
TOKYO Two teenage boys who took the antiviral drug Tamiflu exhibited abnormal behavior that led to their deaths, with one jumping in front of an oncoming truck last year and the other falling from the ninth floor of a building earlier this year, health ministry and other sources said Saturday.

The drug in Japan carries a note listing impaired consciousness, abnormal behaviors, hallucination and other psychological and neurological symptoms as possible serious side effects. The ministry is considering making a fresh warning about them, following its decision to increase the stockpile of the drug amid growing fears about a possible pandemic of a new type of influenza as bird flu deaths rise across Asia.

http://www.japantoday.com/e/?content=news&cat=1&id=3551...

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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-05 12:06 PM
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1. Oh this just gets better and better!
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LaurenG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-05 12:13 PM
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2. So even if you beat the Avian flu
you die by behaving abnormally? I'll have to read up on that drug.
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flamingyouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-05 12:14 PM
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3. I've taken Tamiflu before.
I don't remember it making me feel weird at all. I already had the flu, which impaired my consciousness all on its own. Did they take too much of it, I wonder? :shrug:
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benburch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-05 01:43 PM
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6. Side effects don't get everybody.
That is part of the problem with dealing with them.
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-05 01:16 PM
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4. Latest recreational drug, Tamiflu?
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-05 11:49 PM
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8. I get the funny feeling you're right.
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-05 01:33 PM
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5. I am sure the FDA will be "convinced" to hid any bad side effects.
Wouoldn't want Rummy to lose any money...
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NVMojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-05 07:43 PM
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7. hope they sue Rumsfeld and pals ...
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merwin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-05 08:48 PM
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9. kick
:kick:
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caligirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-05 08:48 PM
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10. Japan links Tamiflu to 2 teen suicides
Sabin Russell, Chronicle Medical Writer

Tuesday, November 15, 2005


An expensive, hard-to-find flu drug that nations are stockpiling against a possible influenza pandemic has been linked to 64 cases of psychological disorders and two teenage suicides in Japan, according to media reports there.

The drug is Tamiflu, also known as oseltamivir, which will become the world's first line of defense if the avian influenza now spreading among migrating birds from Asia to Eastern Europe ever mutates into a form that transmits readily to people.

In February 2004, according to an online edition of Japan Times, a 17-year-old high school boy under treatment with Tamiflu died after he jumped in front of a truck.

A year later, a 14-year-old junior high student, also taking the drug for influenza, jumped to his death from the ninth floor of his condominium.

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/11/15...
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afdip Donating Member (660 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-05 08:48 PM
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11. over here they'll commit suicide when they cannot get it . . .
Edited on Tue Nov-15-05 06:06 PM by afdip
so were both of them incredibly happy teenagers before taking tamiflu . . . or are japanese teenagers just as screwed up as the amerikan model? :nopity: :nopity:
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starroute Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-05 08:48 PM
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13. A lot of Japanese teenagers "are* screwed up
Japan can be a very stressful society if you won't or can't follow the approved routes to success.
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Jaundice James Donating Member (248 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-05 08:48 PM
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12. I've taken Tamiflu before...
and had never been happier to be alive! I had a wish-I-was-dead type flu and and bronchitis and the Tamiflu brought me out of it with a quickness I couldn't believe. (That and Zythromax)

Strange story. We'll have to watch for more like it. -JJ
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