6 year old Texas girl has side effects from Flu medicine

6 year old Texas girl has side effects from Flu medicine

One Texas family is claiming that a common flu medication caused their daughter to experience unsafe psychotic symptoms after taking it. Luckily, her mother managed to grab her in the nick of time and prevent a potential tragedy.

The family wants to remain anonymous but they say the side effects on their 6-year-old were stunning: hallucinations, running away from school, and an attempt, they believe, to hurt herself. Emergency room physician Dr. Glenn Hardesty, with Texas Health Prosper, says it's very rare but can happen. Experts say those are some of the rare side effects of the drug.

A Texas family says their 6-year-old daughter suffered nervous system issues, psychosis and exhibited odd behavior, including running away from school and attempting they believe, to jump out of a second story window. "I guess they can happen, and we got the short end of the stick", her father said to CBS 11.


But the side effects of that medication recently put one Texas family in shock. "I've been practically speaking 20 years, and I haven't seen that specific difficulty". His message for parents is to make sure you do your homework before taking Tamiflu.

Tamiflu is an antiviral that is supposed to block the flu virus from reproducing in a patient. Hallucination is also a symptom of the flu itself, so it's possible that the girl would have suffered the symptoms either way. Neuropsychiatric events have been reported during administration of Tamiflu in patients with influenza, especially in children and adolescents.

"Kids and young people with this season's flu virus might be at a higher hazard for seizures, perplexity, or unusual conduct ahead of schedule amid their ailment". "There have been postmarketing reports (mostly from Japan) of delirium and abnormal behavior leading to injury, and in some cases resulting in fatal outcomes", the warning reads. "These serious side effects may happen shortly after beginning Tamiflu or may happen in people when the flu is not treated".

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