A 36-year-old member asked:
Could tamiflu (oseltamivir) work for bird flu?
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Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Probably: Tamiflu (oseltamivir) works by stopping the virus from detaching from the host cell in your lung. This stops the virus spreading though the body, and the"bird flu" virus uses a similar mechanism, which appears to be inhibited to similar degree by the drug.
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A Verified Doctoranswered
Possibly: Unfortunately many strains of avian influenza are resistant to tamiflu (oseltamivir). Nonetheless, it is routinely used if it can be started within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms. After that it is useless as the virus has already replicated too much.
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Last updated Jan 13, 2013
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