2 years ago on 01/26/2020 at 6:39 PM
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Anyone have any thoughts on children taking Tamiflu within Park Ridge? I just took my 5-year old to urgent care and he tested positive for Thankspe A Influenza. The doctor prescribed him Tamiflu. I know that my son's pediatric office doesn't give it to kids because they said that it causes a lot of bad side effects. I'm so conflicted! Anyone give this to a young child?

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2 years ago on 01/26/2020 at 6:41 PM

I’ve taken it and my teenager has and it definitely made a huge difference. I know there have been side affects reported but we didn’t experience them.

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2 years ago on 01/26/2020 at 6:43 PM

My son took it no problems

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2 years ago on 01/26/2020 at 6:43 PM

We gave it to my five year old last year, and she handled it pretty well. We didn’t see any of the scary side effects besides a bit of an upset stomach. It’s a crap shoot, really.

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2 years ago on 01/26/2020 at 6:45 PM

I’ve never used it with my kiddos but have known plenty of people who swear by it. I once had an ER doctor tell me that he would never recommend it to anyone he loved, which scared me to this day. Total crap shoot I think 🤷‍♀️

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2 years ago on 01/26/2020 at 6:46 PM

I’d consider it if your child has asthma or some other chronic illness— or if you have younger children at home— or they spend time with elderly folks.

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2 years ago on 01/26/2020 at 6:48 PM

I just took it and my grandson is 18 months and he is on it

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2 years ago on 01/26/2020 at 6:49 PM

Tamiflu minimizes symptoms and shortens the length of days of being sick. Only major side effect is abdominal pain and it’s seldom. I’ve given tamiflu to all 3 of my children within 24 hours of taking the antiviral my kids felt so much better

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2 years ago on 01/26/2020 at 6:50 PM

My son had it 2 years ago. With the exception it tasted like crap, no side effects. Just smells and tastes disgusting. He said he'd rather have the flu than take that again.

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2 years ago on 01/26/2020 at 6:51 PM

We opted to do it. There are always going to be pros and cons and no clear answers. However, I just wanted to point out that we had a lot of sticker shock on the liquid version of Tamiflu. It was $250 per child with insurance. adult version was like $20 for pills. Just fyi if you need to factor that in, maybe ask the pharmacist

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2 years ago on 01/26/2020 at 6:51 PM

It’s hard on the gi system. I would skip it for my younger kid

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2 years ago on 01/26/2020 at 6:53 PM

My husband had it once and had bad side effects, my peds office would never give it.

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2 years ago on 01/26/2020 at 6:56 PM

Some side effects for us were vomiting and the other. I have never seen projectile vomiting like when I tried to give it to my three year old. It only lasted 2 days and then I gave up. I was worried he would be dehydrated from all the puking. I did learn SmartWater will give you more bang for your buck. It has electrolytes in it but not all the sugar of sports drinks which is hard on little ones (or was for mine) when he was so sick. Hope he feels better soon! Listen to your mom voice that is always the best answer for your family :)

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2 years ago on 01/26/2020 at 6:57 PM

Hi Theresa, I had both A and B in the past 3 weeks, my kids and my husband had A in the meantime too. Me and my husband took it, I didn’t give it to the kids. Mine and my husband’s flu lasted way longer with Tamiflu than the kids’ did without it. I did have nausea days after I stopped taking it, and my skin turned reddish color. (i know, weird). The choice is yours, but just remember that Tamiflu is only effective if taken in the first 48 hours(24 hours is the best) after your flu started. The doctor at Advocate wouldn’t give it to my 6y old bc she was sick for 3 days already and said it wouldn’t work anyway. Hope this helps, Good luck!

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2 years ago on 01/26/2020 at 6:58 PM

I gave it to my son when he was 3 and he had no bad side effects. I would give it to him again if I need too.

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2 years ago on 01/26/2020 at 6:59 PM

My 6 yr old just had the flu they did give her antibiotics and timiflu she took the antibiotics and only took the timiflu for 2 days she didn’t like the taste at all. But she did get better really fast

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2 years ago on 01/26/2020 at 7:04 PM

My son threw up. I stopped

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2 years ago on 01/26/2020 at 7:06 PM

We just had flu A at our house. Our pediatrician also won’t give it to generally healthy kids because they say it can cause severe vomiting and only shortens the duration of the flu by one day. I did take it and it was like a miracle. I was better in one day although I did feel nauseous. My kids were sick for four days without it but I still feel like that is shorter than normal and it might be because they had the flu shot.

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2 years ago on 01/26/2020 at 7:06 PM

My boy just had the flu . We went to the urgent care tuesday . Doctor said that it is 60/40% chances that it will help . I did not give it to him . By saturday he was ok .

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2 years ago on 01/26/2020 at 7:14 PM

This flu is not easy. they are giving Tamiflu to babies. I would do it.

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2 years ago on 01/26/2020 at 7:16 PM

My son took it and had hallucinations, we ended up at Lutheran. I took it before that and was fine but I haven’t taken it or given to my kids since then. We’ve used Oscillococcinum, and it seems to lessen the effects of the flu.

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2 years ago on 01/26/2020 at 7:19 PM

My son got the flu a few years ago and his doctor gave him tamiflu and it was ok.

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2 years ago on 01/26/2020 at 7:30 PM

We just had Flu A in one kid- the other two got tamiflu and did not get the flu but was sick! 🤷‍♀️ worst part is having the kids take the medicine - it’s horrible tasting. I finally got my 4 year old to swallow the pill!

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2 years ago on 01/26/2020 at 7:34 PM

My son had severe vomiting so we stopped tamiflu.

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2 years ago on 01/26/2020 at 7:40 PM

My daughter had 104 temp, positive for flu. (even tho she had flu shot). prescribed Tamiflu . she was 50% better within 2 days!

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2 years ago on 01/26/2020 at 7:42 PM

Thank you everyone for your helpful comments! I really appreciate it. After seeing how bad my son has been all day today, crying non-stop, and looking like he's in so much pain, we decided to give him his first dose. I'm really hoping that I made the right decision. This is definitely the worst that I have ever seen him look and it breaks my heart. : - (

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