Tamiflu only reduces flu by 12 hours !?!

There has been a report in the UK Daily Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/swine-flu/5989184/Swine-flu-Tamiflu-reduces-flu-symptoms-by-just-half-a-day.html on an article published in the Lancet about the effectiveness on Tamiflu (oseltamivir).

In healthy adults, tamiflu reduced the average length of time that symptoms lasted by 0.55 days, while relenza, cut it by an average of 0.57 days.

People at risk of complications, such as those with heart or lung problems, saw slightly more benefit – tamiflu cut the length of time they felt ill by 0.74 days and relenza by 0.98 days.


Please note people still have had flu.


I was intrigued because the above result seems very similar to the kind of results achieved by Vitamin C (ascorbic acid).

When compared with Vitamin C and it’s effect on rhinoviruses please see http://www.quackwatch.com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/DSH/colds.html . Please remember that Influenza and the Common cold are not the same thing.


Curiously Vitamin C seems to have a marked effect of reducing colds under certain circumstances (events of high physical stress). I cannot recommend exceeding the standard dose guidelines, however the price of vitamin C versus lost productivity makes Vitamin C a worthy item of study. When you see the amount of VitaminC that is sold in the average pharmacy in Australia, if it was not working it would not be on the shelves.


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