Many children suffer Tamiflu side effects

July 31, 2009 2:11:34 PM PDT
New research shows more than half the children taking Tamiflu suffered side effects such as nausea, insomnia and nightmares. Two studies from the British Health Protection agency also found one in five children had side effects such as poor concentration, confusion and sleeping problems.

Thousands of school children were given the antiviral as a preventive measure during the early stages of the H1N1 swine flu pandemic in Britain.

Researchers say these possible side effects need to be considered if the drug is going to be prescribed for children who show no signs of flu.

The manufacturer of drug says the contribution of Tamiflu to neuropsychiatric effects has not been established.