Even if you get the flu this January, don’t take Tamiflu. Launched in 1999 by the drug company Roche, Tamiflu is an antiviral drug that is supposed to shorten the duration of the flu by a day or so.
But according to the FDA, ‘there have been reports (mostly from Japan) of patients causing self-injury or experiencing delirium (confusion, hallucinations, speech problems) while using Tamiflu.‘
Great. Hallucinations and delirium. That’s just what you need when you’re trying to get over the flu!
Plus, I find it very interesting that the FDA cites Japan as the source of the reports. It sounds like they’re trying to downplay the validity of adverse events. But it makes perfect sense to me. You see, Roche sells most of its Tamiflu -- by far -- to Japanese customers. Docs there prescribe it for every cough or sniffle or snort. No wonder they have a lot of reports over there. That’s where most of the people take it!
So if you ask me, I’d skip the Tamiflu altogether. And if you have some of it lurking in your cabinet, make sure you don’t throw it down the drain or into the garbage. This stuff isn’t readily biodegradable and it could eventually end up in your water supply.
Plus, according to a 2007 Swedish report, most waste water treatment systems can’t flush the Tamiflu out of the public water supply. As a result, in countries where Tamiflu is heavily prescribed (like Japan), they’re at risk of contaminating natural spring water. Just think of it…whole segments of the animal and human populations could be getting hefty doses of Tamiflu without even knowing it! Is it any wonder, then, that the so-called “bird flus” keep getting stronger and stronger?
So put your unused Tamiflu in some kitty litter or coffee grounds before throwing it out. Or, see if your pharmacy will take it back. Also, when it comes to the flu, focus on prevention. It really does work. During the next few months, add some extra vitamin C, D, and beta 1,3 glucan to your regimen. And if you do come down with the flu, Echinacea, astragalus, or Elderberry extract can help to shorten the duration just as well…without the risk of crazy side effects.