A 39-year-old member asked:
is it possible for me to mix antibiotic n antiviral?
1 doctor answer • 1 doctor weighed in
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Medication.: It is possible. However it is definitely not advised without consulting your doctor first. A thorough review of your symptoms and medical history, along with a physical exam, should be done before considering any medication.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Can an antiviral and antibiotic together be taken together?
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Infectious Disease 21 years experience
Usually safe: Most routine antibiotics can be combined with antiviral medicine when used for short periods of time. Taking any antibiotic for >2 weeks usually requires close supervision by a doctor to assess for side effects, toxicity & medication interactions. Special antivirals (ie. Hiv medication) require closer monitoring. People with kidney, liver or bone marrow problems are at higher risk for toxicity.
A 33-year-old member asked:
What is the difference between antiviral drugs and antibiotics?
1 doctor answer • 3 doctors weighed in
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Antibiotics: Both are considered antibiotics, but antivirals treat very specific viral infections. There are fewer of these and they have no efficacy against bacterial infections. Most antibiotics are designed to kill or damage the function of bacteria and have a wider range of activity against bacterial groups.
Last updated Oct 4, 2017
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