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Giving Swine Flu Drug by IV Could Save Lives
Date:9/3/2009

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According to Kidd, the woman he treated exhibited no side effects from the strategy. "IV Relenza is well-tolerated in adults at quite high doses, previously shown in clinical trials, and it can be used in children from 6 months of age," he said. There are certain "contraindications" for its use -- doses may need to be adjusted if the patient has kidney disease, for example, and its safety during pregnancy "has not been established," Kidd said.

But even for pregnant women (another H1N1 high-risk group, according to the CDC), "in severe swine flu respiratory disease, the expected benefit to the mother is likely to outweigh any possible risk to the fetus," Kidd said.

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Find out more about H1N1 flu at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



SOURCES: Michael Kidd, FRC, clinician, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, England; Peter Gross, M.D., chief medical officer, Hackensack University Medical Center, New Jersey; Sept. 4, 2009, The Lancet, online


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