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Antiviral (Definition)

An antiviral is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills viruses. The viruses are usually causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antivirals to help his body get rid of the infection.

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What are antiviral medications for?

What are antiviral medications for?

Viral infections: Antiviral medications are for treatment of viral infections such as rsv, herpes, hiv, cmv, influenza and many more. ...Read more

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Describe the features of an antiviral.?

Medication: An antiviral is generally a medication specifically used to treat a viral infection. Those medications could be pills, shots, liquids, creams, gels, etc. Many vaccines would be considered anti-virals as well. ...Read more

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Treating Shingles (Tip)

Treating Shingles

Antiviral stop this boa constrictor rash and varicella. ...See more

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I am pregnant. If I have hsv1 antibodies why would my doctor prescribe antivirals?

I am pregnant.  If I have hsv1 antibodies why would my doctor prescribe antivirals?

Not ypical : About 80-90% of people have hsv 1 antibodies. This is different from hsv 2 (genital herpes). Unless you had evidence of a genital hsv 1 infection (possible but rare) then antivirals would not typically be prescribed. For those with a history of genital herpes then antivirals are usually started around 35-36 weeks for prevention. ...Read more

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An elderly friend recently had shingles-he took antivirals fo13 days as prescribed but still has bad pain- what's a natural pain relief regimen?

An elderly friend recently had shingles-he took antivirals fo13 days as prescribed but still has bad pain- what's a natural pain relief regimen?

Shingles pain: This is called post herpetic neuralgia. The older the patient when they get shingles, the more likely they will get post herpetic neuralgia. The pain can be persistent and chronic. Over the counter medscape usually don't work. Zostrix cream is an over the counter treatment. Prescription pain medication may be necessary, or seeing a pain specialist might be needed. ...Read more

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Treating Shingles (Tip)

Treating Shingles

Treatment with an antiviral medication may shorten the course of shingles considerably. See the doc. ...See more

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Which antiviral can be used for clear watery, vaginal discharge after menopause?

Which antiviral can be used for clear watery, vaginal discharge after menopause?

Why an antiviral?: An antiviral is for stopping viral infections. Just having a clear vaginal discharge doesn't mean there is a need for an antiviral. The primary care doctor or the ob-gyn doctor can check to see if there is any infection at all. ...Read more

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Are tamiflu and relenza effective antiviral drugs?

Are tamiflu and relenza effective antiviral drugs?

When used properly.: Their usefulness is limited to influenza (real flu, not "flu-like illness") if used in the first 48 hours of the illness. ...Read more

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Living with Genital Herpes (Tip)

Living with Genital Herpes

Be transparent with your partners, use protection and ask your doctor about antiviral medication. ...See more

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Is it safe to take antiviral medications while pregnant?

Is it safe to take antiviral medications while pregnant?

Yes: This would depend on the specific drug, but the most common antiviral medications used in pregnancy are valcyclovir (valtrex) and acyclovir, both of which target the herpes viruses. They are both safe and can reduce your risk of a herpes outbreak around the time of delivery, which can be dangerous to a newborn. Tamiflu should be limited to known flu infection or exposure in the high risk. ...Read more

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