Tamiflu Suicide Risk

Harvey Kirk

By Harvey Kirk
Posted March 6, 2018


For years, reports of “abnormal behavior” from Tamiflu have been reported among young children prescribed the flu treatment, including suicides and devastating self-harm injuries.

While the drug maker has suggested that these issues may be a result of the underlying illness, increasing evidence suggests that there is likely a link between side effects of Tamiflu and suicidal thoughts or behavior for children.

Shortly after starting use of the flu treatment, families have reported various psychological problems, including:

  • Suicide
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Attempts at Self-Harm
  • Hallucination
  • Nightmares
  • Other Unusual Behavior

The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are closely reviewing these case reports and emerging evidence, to determine whether families may be entitled to financial compensation through Tamiflu suicide lawsuits. If stronger warnings had been provided for parents and doctors, many of these problems may have been detected earlier and prevented.

Tamiflu Risks: Suicidal Thoughts and Behavior

Concerns about the link between Tamiflu and suicide risk among children have existed for years, yet the drug manufacturer continues to provide false and misleading warnings with the flu treatment.

One of the first investigations into the Tamiflu problems launched in 2007 in Japan, following 18 reports of teen suicides within 17 months, all involving the use of the antiviral flu drug. The investigation led to Japanese health officials issuing a warning that suggested a link between Tamiflu and a suicide risk for children.

In 2009, Oxford researchers published a study in the British Medical Journal, indicating that Tamiflu treatments for children may do more harm than good. Researchers noted that the drug appears only small benefit in shortening the duration of the flu among children or reducing household transmission. However, children may be more likely to experience side effects of Tamiflu, such as nightmares, insomnia, nausea and vomiting.

This year is one of the worst flu seasons on record, renewing concerns about the Tamiflu suicide risks for children. Several recent media reports highlight the troubling problems with Tamiflu, including:

Tamiflu Lawyers Evaluating Suicide Cases

Potential Tamiflu cases are being evaluated for families nationwide, to help determine whether financial compensation may be available due to inadequate and misleading warnings provided for the popular flu treatment. Contact our lawyers to review problems with suicide, suicidal thoughts or self-harm that may have been caused by Tamiflu.

All lawsuits are pursued on a contingency fee basis, meaning that there are no out-of-pocket expenses to hire our Tamiflu lawyers, and there are no fees or expenses unless a recovery is obtained.


2 Comments • Add Your Comments

  • Kim says:

    Should we be obtaining medical records now to determine when the last flu shot was given and if it was “Tamiflu”? My now 16 yr old daughter has not had a flu shot for a couple years but has suffered exactly what this case is describing.

    Posted on May 29, 2018 at 10:43 pm

  • Shirley says:

    Tamiflu almost killed me in 2002. My finger nails fell and it was very painful. The skin fell off my hands and my feet. Most of my hair fell out. I can’t remember much of being of being in the hospital. I kept trying to take my anxiety medication and my husband had to hide them. This was a horrible experience and it bothers me still.

    Posted on October 22, 2023 at 4:18 pm

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