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Do nyquil and antiviral drugs have a dangerous interaction?

Do nyquil and antiviral drugs have a dangerous interaction?

Should be OK: Should be ok when used as directed. Always a good idea to notify your doctor or pharmacist when using over the counter products. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Fine
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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 ...Read more


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What are the effects of antiviral drugs?

What are the effects of antiviral drugs?

Depends on the drug: Some antivirals have methods of action that are very specific for a viral enzyme or protein and not people. Many, however, have effects that also cause toxicity in mammalian cells since that is where the virus replicates. Even those that are fairly specific can have side effects. As an example, some HIV drugs like azt (zidovudine) inhibit viral reverse transcriptase that we do not have but are still toxic. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to stock up on antiviral drugs?

Sometimes helpful: If you have recurrent/chronic herpes you need to begin antivirals within 72hrs of first symptoms or you may be using daily doses as prevention. So stocking up could make sense. These antivirals are related to the drug Acyclovir which is very safe. Other antivirals may not be as safe or may require monitoring. So stocking up would not be wise. Important: always check expiration dates. ...Read more

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Can we mix steroids and antiviral drugs?

Maybe: The answer to this question would depend on the exact medications you are referring to. Ask your physician or pharmacist if your medications will have any interactions. ...Read more

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Is it a problem to take vicodin with antiviral drugs?

Taking for what?: You should always be talking to the prescriber, and it depends on what kind of anti-viral drug. Are we talking Acyclovir or valcyclovir for herpes, or drugs for hepatitis c, or for hiv? Different anti-viral drugs have differing drug interactions. In general, hydrocodone does not have many drug interactions. If it is prescribed, talk to prescriber. If you don't have prescription, don't take it! ...Read more

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What is the difference between antiviral drugs and antibiotics?

What is the difference between antiviral drugs and antibiotics?

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. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with HIV last month. I will start antiviral drugs today. Is it be ok if i take spirulina with the drugs? Thanks in advance.

I was diagnosed with HIV last month. I will start antiviral drugs today. Is it be ok if i take spirulina with the drugs? Thanks in advance.

Sure: Don't expect any benefit. Spirulina is an old health fraud. I am very glad you are getting treated for your HIV infection. If you are interested in complementary therapies, find an evidence-based holistic physician in your community. He/she won't recommend spirulina. ...Read more

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Are tamiflu and relenza (zanamivir) effective antiviral drugs?

Are tamiflu and relenza (zanamivir) 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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My daughter has been given antiviral drugs for swine flu in asia. Why?

Few available RXs: There are several different flus that are labled "swine flu" including the h1n1 that surfaced in april 2yrs ago & a h3n2 strain now in the northeast I am unaware of what may be labled swine flu now in asia.Anti-virals are one of the few available treatments for active flu & the specific anti-viral may or may not be effective in minimizing the illness. Other meds are directed at secondary problems. ...Read more

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What are the risks of contracting HIV from becomg a phlebotomist? What antiviral drugs are available if i got stuck with a needle by infected patient?

HIV: Despite the best precautions, anyone carries the risk of a needle stick in your profession. If indeed one gets stuck, there is a protocol to be followed. Please inquire from your school or hospital. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Can antiviral drugs make the infection to recurr instead of life long immunity? Ex: Chicken pox

Can antiviral drugs make the infection to recurr instead of life long immunity?  Ex: Chicken pox

Unlikely: Since exposure chicken pox, the virus is already replicating days before pox are noted. This is ample time for a person's immunity to start making antibodies. Recurrence of cp is more likely to be based on an individual's innate immunity when they first acquire the infection and later health. Rx needs to be started in 24 hours after pox appear, and important if newborn or other health issue. ...Read more

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Should I take an antiviral drug during a pandemic?

Should I take an antiviral drug during a pandemic?

Probably.: If you are already sick and it has been less than 48 hours since the onset of symptoms, an antiviral drug may help by Keeping you from getting seriously ill, or helping you feel better faster. If you have been exposed, an antiviral drug may be about 70 percent to 90 percent effective in preventing the illness. ...Read more

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What antiviral drug prevents the attachment and penetration of HIV into t lymphocytes?

What antiviral drug prevents the attachment and penetration of HIV into t lymphocytes?

HIV Fusion & Entry: In order for the HIV virus to enter CD4+ "Helper" Tcells, HIV glycoproteins gp120 and gp41 interact with the CD4+Tcell receptor and CCR5 and CXCR4 on the CD4+ Tcell. There are two FDA drugs that are either fusion or entry inhibitors. The reason these drugs are important is because some patients become resistant to the other classes and these can be used. AIDS.GOV link: http://tinyurl.com/h3r97tp ...Read more

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Taking antiviral for herpes daily and large doses during supposed outbreak.Is this bad for me?As far as drug resistant virus go?

Correct way to use: This is the correct way to deal with recurrent, frequent herpes outbreaks. Daily suppression can decrease the frequency of outbreaks and then taking therapeutic doses when having an actual outbreaks. ...Read more