Severe stomach cramps, nightmares, hallucinations, diarrhoea, strange behaviour, suicide, and death, these are all known side effects that have been linked with the antiviral drug Tamiflu, over the recent months. Despite being aware of the harm Tamiflu can cause however, this drug is regularly offered to patients displaying symptoms of Swine Flu.

TAMIFLU in the Askapatient database: There are 259 ratings for the drug. This website makes extremely disturbing reading.

One mother had this to say:
"Suspected flu

Adverse reactions to Tamiflu: overly tired, lack of appetite, irritable, feeling very weak

My 15-month old son started taking the medication 3 days ago. After the first two doses he started acting weird. He became very hysterical which he had never been before. He refuses to eat even his favourites, he is very pale and weak. Although he has been walking for 3 months now and managed to become steady on his feet, he now falls over nearly with every step he takes. I am going to stop giving him the medication. I would not recommend Tamiflu to anyone!"
Another person reporting side effects said this:
"Diagnosed with flu

Adverse Reactions from Tamiflu: Nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, tiredness, headaches, stomach pains, loss of appetite and mood swings.

I would NOT recommend taking this medicine, would rather get over flu without medication. It is awful, I stopped taking the tablets 5 days ago and I'm still experiencing all side effects."
There has been 90 confirmed deaths linked to Tamiflu (Drug Adverse events to Tamiflu).

Guardian 31st July 2009 David Batty:
"In the UK two studies found that more than half the children taking Tamiflu had side effects. Of the 248 pupils involved in one study, 51% reported side-effects, including nearly a third (31.2%) who felt very sick, nearly a quarter (24.3%) who suffered headaches and more than a fifth (21.1%) who had stomach pain.

Another study, also published by Eurosurveillance, found that more than half of 85 children in three London schools had side-effects when given the drug as a preventative measure after a classmate was diagnosed.

Of the 45 children who suffered side-effects, 40% reported gastrointestinal problems including nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach pain and cramps, while 18% reported a "neuropsychiatric side-effect" such as poor concentration, inability to think clearly, problems sleeping, feeling dazed or confused, bad dreams or nightmares and "behaving strangely"
Daniel Martin 'Keep using Tamiflu, top doctor urges parents, as he admits children may suffer nightmares and nausea' Daily Mail 31st July 2009 wrote
"The government's chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson has said Tamiflu should still be given to children, despite more than half of young recipients who take the drug suffering side effects such as nausea and nightmares.

The drug being used to fight swine flu can also produce stomach pain, diarrhoea and sleeping problems."
This is the drug that is being offered to everyone regardless to age, medical background or even a firm diagnoses of Swine Flu and can be obtained through a simple phone call and a check list here in the UK.

This is what it is says on the NHS Choices website for those worried they may have Swine Flu
Note: The National Pandemic Flu Service is a self-care service that will asses your symptoms and, if required, provide an authorisation number which can be used to collect antiviral medication from a local collection point. For those who do not have internet access, the same service can be accessed by telephone on:

Telephone: 0800 1 513 100
A simple phone call and a few questions is all it takes to obtain a drug with severe adverse reactions. Alternatively you could order over the Internet.

To prove what a mockery this is my neighbour has just gone online filled in online form and has now a 12 digit reference number for his Tamiflu. My neighbour is fit and well and never takes tablets for anything. It is that easy.

Drug companies cash in once again on the misery of others on a drug which not only is so dangerous that it has the potential to kill but also has been reported to be ineffective.

"Virtually all the dominant strain of flu in the United States this season is resistant to the leading antiviral drug Tamiflu, and scientists and health officials are trying to figure out why." (The New York Times 8th January 2009)

More than half of the flu viruses that have been analyzed in the U.S. this season are of the H1N1 strain, said Joseph Bresee, chief of influenza epidemiology and prevention at the Atlanta. Virtually all the H1N1 viruses the agency has tested, 72 of 73, are Tamiflu-resistant, he said. (Bloomberg 8 Jan 2009. Tamiflu Helpless Against Most U.S. Flu Infections This Season)

Dr Jefferson, a Cochrane Collaboration reviewer in Rome, who headed an independent non drug-company conducted review of flu drugs is extremely concerned, he feels that the drug is hugely over rated and in "The trouble with Tamiflu" by Sarah Boseley - The Guardian Thursday May 7th 2009, he said that he is concerned such drugs could be widely used as the solution to a flu pandemic, at the expense of things that really work - like washing your hands. Jefferson has real fears that if these drugs continue to be handed around like smarties, the virus will evolve and simply become to resistant to treatment.

With sales of Tamiflu rocketing and Roche reported to have sales of the drug hitting 1bn Swiss francs ($937m; £567m), they must be laughing all the way to the bank and seem unconcerned that the drug is having such serious adverse reactions as Dr. Norbert Bischofberger, 55, is the inventor of Tamiflu, is reported to have made millions from the drug, however, colleagues reassure us all it was science, not money, that motivated him.

Dr Bischofberger is reported to have said this about his invention (Telegraph -Alan Hall in Berlin 27th July 2009 "Inventor of Tamiflu profits from swine flu pandemic")
"No person ever said on his death bed: I only wish I had earned more money in my life," he said.

"When it gets to the end one wants to look back and have the feeling that one was important in the lives of others, perhaps to have changed them positively." He said it was his "blessing" to be a scientist and to have invented Tamiflu."