Viral Message: A study has confirmed that the suicide of sixteen year old Charlie Harp was a direct result of him taking the popular flu drug Tamiflu.

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Earlier this month, the teen’s family insisted that it was the medication that drastically changed his personality and drove him to kill himself.

Now, a study conducted by a team of researchers in Japan vindicates what the family have been saying. Oseltamivir, the generic name for Tamiflu, is an antiviral drug that is supposed to attack the flu virus to prevent it from multiplying in the body. However, one of the side-effects of oseltamivir is suicidal thoughts. reports: Jackie Ray, the teen’s aunt, said that her nephew never mentioned suicide or had mental health issues. She also said that as soon as he got the flu, they took him to the doctor, and he started taking the drug right after. After a day, she texted him but he did not reply. That’s when she got suspicious. They found him in the garage.

“And it clicked, he just started new medicine,” Brad Ray, Harp’s uncle, said.

Harp only had a total of two doses of Tamiflu within 24 hours after prescription.

Roche, the manufacturer of Tamiflu, insists that the side effects of Tamiflu are not fatal. The informational packet of Tamiflu include a warning about “neuropsychiatric events.” However, the label indicates that the “contribution of Tamiflu to these events has not been established,” which dismisses them as potential symptoms of the flu itself.

This is not the first incident that Tamiflu is believed to have cause neurological side effects, such as hallucination or suicide attempts.

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Tamiflu is an antiviral medication used to treat flu symptoms caused by influenza virus in patients who have had symptoms for less than 2 days. It may also be given to prevent influenza in people who may be exposed but do not yet have symptoms. Tamiflu will not treat the common cold. Common side effects of Tamiflu are:

 nausea,  vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, nosebleed, eye redness or discomfort, sleep problems (insomnia), cough or other respiratory problems.

The flu itself or Tamiflu may rarely cause serious mental/mood changes.

Our Tamiflu  Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

However it has also said that “This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088”.

Still there has not been any incidents of suicidal death report over the use of Tamilflu Drug.

As reported in “A wide range of strange behavior has been reported after taking Tamiflu, including dizziness, hallucinations, delirium, and even suicidal or homicidal thoughts or behavior, mostly in kids. So far, science hasn’t been able to parse out what’s actually causing these events, Dr. Bouvier says. “You don’t really know whether it’s the drug that’s causing it, whether it has something to do with being infected with flu, or if it would have happened anyway without flu infection or treatment.””

 As reported by “It's been a nasty flu season and it's still getting worse. At least 37 children have died and adults ages 50-64 are being hospitalized in much greater numbers than in recent years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

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