Neuraminidase inhibitors in the management of influenza--experience of an outpatient practice.Med Microbiol Immunol. 2002 Dec; 191(3-4):161-3.MM
The neuraminidase inhibitors signifies a breakthrough in the treatment of influenza. We compared the outcomes of influenza in 56 patients treated with zanamivir or oseltamivir to a group of 52 influenza patients from the time before these drugs were available. The duration of illness was reduced by 45%, the severity of symptoms by 40% and the administration of antibiotics by 32%. The data from this small group of patients of our ambulatory practice correspond to the results of large randomized placebo-controlled double-blind studies on zanamivir and oseltamivir. Our clinical observations and painful experiences have taught us to take every case of suspected influenza seriously. Since considerable influenza-related complications are common even in otherwise healthy individuals, patients should immediately consult their doctor when an illness with sudden onset of fever and cough or another respiratory symptom occur.