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Is it okay to take anti-viral amantadine for a common cold that has lasted more than a month?

Is it okay to take anti-viral amantadine for a common cold that has lasted more than a month?

Cold: If you have cold symptoms which have lasted more than a month, you should see a doctor and be evaluated. It may be nothing much but maybe it is something more than a cold or series of colds dragging on. ...Read more

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Does anti viral medication prevent you from getting herpes or does it just prevent symptom from accruing if you already have it?

Does anti viral medication prevent you from getting herpes or does it just prevent symptom from accruing if you already have it?

Might work, but...: The 3 main antiviral drugs active against herpes (acyclocir, valacyclovir, famciclovir) can speed healing of herpes, especially the first infection and sometimes recurrent outbreaks; and reduce (but not eliminate) outbreaks and transmission to partners. They might prevent it if exposed, but only if taken before exposure; from animal studies, even an hour after exposure to the virus is too late. ...Read more

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I have herpes 1 (oral) And my girlfriend doesn't have it. I want to kiss her but I'm scared I will give it to her. She knows I have it. Does anti viral medication help so she can't get it from? And how much does it help?

I have herpes 1 (oral) And my girlfriend doesn't have it. I want to kiss her but I'm scared I will give it to her. She knows I have it. Does anti viral medication help so she can't get it from? And how much does it help?

No kissing if active: If and when you have active herpes 1 lesions you should avoid kissing. You might need to take antiviral medicine as soon as you have signs of recurrence. Chance of spreading herpes 1 when you don't have active lesions is very slim but can happen. If you get frequent episodes of herpes then you might need to be on daily dose of antiviral medicine for a long term. Kissing would be safe then. ...Read more

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Can someone please invent a sex lube that is anti-viral?

Can someone please invent a sex lube that is anti-viral?

I'll try: I will be glad to work on it during my spare time. Better not hold your breath waiting...I don't have a lot of spare time. It's a good idea, but it would have to go through a lot of testing before it became fda approved. That means it would be very expensive to produce and market. ...Read more

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Do cigarettes and the smoke contain anti-viral substances?

No: That is something to suggest that they have some saving grace. They do not and are not. ...Read more

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How easy is it to pass herpes from a woman to man? And what about if both are on anti viral medication?

How easy is it to pass herpes from a woman to man? And what about if both are on anti viral medication?

Herpes Newest INFO: Gender has nothing to do with this. Herpes viruses do not discriminate. So here is what we know: a person with hsv 2, the 'genital' form of herpes can shed virus irregularly and without sores. Medication can lower this risk by 50% but not more than that. A person who already has hsv 2 cannot get it again. The same goes for the hsv 1, the simplex virus. I am unsure why you are both on meds. ...Read more

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I have herpes and have been prescribed anti viral medication to take everyday, however at the moment I have an aggressive flare up will these work?

I have herpes and have been prescribed anti viral medication to take everyday, however at the moment I have an aggressive flare up will these work?

Increase the dose: Assuming acyclovir or valacyclovir for suppression, during an outbreak you should increase the dose for a few days. Check with the doctor or clinic who prescribed it for the exact dose and duration. You can also ask if you should take a higher dose for ongoing treatment. For example, 1 g valacyclovir daily sometimes is more effective than 500 mg, especially if outbreaks are fairly frequent. ...Read more

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Why don't anti-viral drugs work on the flu and colds?

Why don't anti-viral drugs work on the flu and colds?

Antiviral medicatios: In some situations antiviral medications (Tamiflu, Relenza, (zanamivir) Flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms of FLU to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. There are over 100 cold viruses that may mutate often. Colds are usually not severe. ...Read more

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Would like to know if it's necessary to take anti-viral for herpes zoster?

Would like to know if it's necessary to take anti-viral for herpes zoster?

Of course: for most cases of acute HZ the use of antiviral therapy (acyclovir, famciclovir or valacyclovir), is recommended to prevent postherpetic neuralgia, a dreaded and extremely painful complication of HZ. ...Read more

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Are there any anti viral medications which are effective against established cases of squamous papilloma?

Are there any anti viral medications which are effective against established cases of squamous papilloma?

Hpv: There are meds that affect the manifestations of the virus (ie, the papillomas) but it takes the patient's body to get rid of the virus. Imiquimod is an immune modulator that is very effective. Both tri- and bi-choroacetic acid can destroy visible lesions also but have no affect on the virus. ...Read more

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How soon can I go back to work after contracting chickenpox? I received anti-viral medication for my chickenpox three days ago. How long do I have to wait to go back to work and not be infectious? .

How soon can I go back to work after contracting chickenpox? I received anti-viral medication for my chickenpox three days ago. How long do I have to wait to go back to work and not be infectious?

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Depends: The contagious period is likely lessened by antivirals but we have no clear guidelines for their benefits. The contagious period of chickenpox is considered from 1-2 days before the spots appear until the last one has crusted over, or 7 days from the first spot, whichever is later. ...Read more

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Is there an anti-viral medication that can be taken for the swine flu?

Is there an anti-viral medication that can be taken for the swine flu?

Flu medication: The antiviral drugs available are amantadine, rimantadine, oseltamivir and zanamivir. The influenza virus has been shown to be resistant to the first two. Although a growing resistance has also been observed to the third, it is still safe to use in the form of a pill to be taken by mouth. The last drug is in inhaler form. ...Read more

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I had the shingles rash (3/29) began anti-viral. I had incredible pain for 1 1/2 weeks. I am having pain in the same location. Could it be back?

I had the shingles rash (3/29) began anti-viral.  I had incredible pain for 1 1/2 weeks.  I am having pain in the same location.  Could it be back?

PHN: If you experience intense pain along the location you recently had singles, it's unlikely to be from another shingles outbreak. This is more likely from post-herpetic neuralgia, a painful condition involving the recently shingled nerve(s). The pain can last weeks to months. Good news is both topical & oral medications are available for treatment of phn. Recommend a shingles vaccine also. ...Read more

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Can I use more than one anti-viral for herpes simplex type 2 at te same time? How this can affect my health?

Can I use more than one anti-viral for herpes simplex type 2  at te same time? How this can affect my health?

Poly-antiviral tx?: Most cases of hsv will resolve on their own but will resolve more quickly w/antiviral therapy. Abreva otc may work altho we see frequent rapid relapse. Almost all hsv is susceptible to Acyclovir (& its family of agents). Using these 2 together is probably ok. Using 2 Acyclovir derivatives together will just cost you $$$. There currently no other oral agents/effective topical agents..Coming soon. ...Read more

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Can i take 50 mg of Vyvance with my anti viral medicine for my cold sores and excedrin in the same day? Is it dangerous to mix these drugs?

Can i take 50 mg of Vyvance with my anti viral medicine for my cold sores and excedrin in the same day? Is it dangerous to mix these drugs?

Pharmacy question: The real answer is your pharmacy can cross check it's data base for drug/drug interactions. Vyvanse is a well tolerated drug and is most probably safe with your other medications but you need to get your pharmacy to do their homework. Their data base is best. ...Read more

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If you have a viral infection will the doctor give you anti-viral medications?

If you have a viral infection will the doctor give you anti-viral medications?

Not usually: There are antiviral medications for some viral infections, such as herpes, hiv, hepatitis b and c, and influenza. But for the average viral infection you might see your doctor for, such as the common cold, there at no antiviral medications. ...Read more