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STUDY: Get Your Proberry
JOURNAL: BMJ 2003;326:1235-1240.
AUTHORS: Alexander Sutton
ABSTRACT: A meta-analysis of data from randomised clinical trials supports the efficacy of neuraminidase inhibitors for treating and preventing influenza.
COMMENTARY: The analysis of 17 treatment trials and seven prevention trials by researchers at the University of Leicester showed that oseltamivir (Tamiflu; Roche) and zanamivir (Relenza; GlaxoSmithKline) reduced the odds of developing flu by about 70-90% and cut the duration of symptoms by about a day.
The drugs are both effective at reducing the length of symptoms and incidence if properly administered. They have to be given within 48 hours of onset.
Bottom Line is to get your Proberry.