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Can I take antiviral medications to treat parasites?

Can I take antiviral medications to treat parasites?

No: Medications are specific to the cause. Antivirals are for virus infections, antibacterials are for bacterial infections, antifungals are for fungal infections and so on. I do not believe that your pcp or other physician would inted to treat you for a parasitic infection with an antiviral. There may be some confusion on what you have or what you are taking or there may me more to the story. ...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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Medication to treat parasites ?

Medication to treat parasites

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Anti-parasitics : Depends on what type of parasite it is...Nematode, cestode, amoeba, protozoa, and others. Would generally not treat a parasite infection without knowing what it is, unless type of parasite infection present based on symptoms, geography, epidemiology, risk factors, exposure.... ...Read more

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Is there an antiviral medication to treat Zika?

No: There is currently no medicine to treat Zika virus infection. Treatment involves fluids, rest, pain relievers, and other supportive care. Luckily most people have a fairly mild illness and it typically lasts no more than a week. ...Read more

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Can antiviral medication treat chronic hepatitis b?

Can antiviral medication treat chronic hepatitis b?

Yes: There are currently 6 available antiviral medications for hepatitis b. Viread is the most common and Baraclude (entecavir) is also a first line therapy. Most of these medications only need to be taken once per day and have minimal side effects. ...Read more

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A new drug a modified version of niclosamide,that treats intestinal parasites,could be the key to reversing type 2 diab.Can it be taken by a diabetic ?

A new drug a modified version of niclosamide,that treats intestinal parasites,could be the key to reversing type 2 diab.Can it be taken by a diabetic ?

Be cautious: This drug was effective in mice. Many treatments that work in mice are not effective in humans. This drug uncouples oxidative phosphorylation, the basic mechanism cells use to generate energy/ATP. In theory, this could cause you to waste energy and lose weight. Years ago, DNP (dinitrophenol) was used to do this and it caused weight loss but also killed people. Best follow your doc's instructions ...Read more

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Is drug induced eps treatable?

Is drug induced eps treatable?

EPS: Extra pyramidal symptoms are very treatable, mainly by adjusting the dose of the psychotropic medication, switching to another psychotropic with less eps side-effect, or adding medications to counter the side-effects such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or cogentin. ...Read more

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Is bursitis treatable with medication?

Is bursitis treatable with medication?

Yes: Most cases of bursitis are inflammatory, and thus can be treated with anti-inflammatories. This includes oral and injectable steroids as well as topical or oral nsaids. Infectious bursitis, called septic bursitis, requires use of antibiotics. ...Read more

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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 is the best way to treat parasites from the beach?

Seek medical care: It is best to be evaluated by your health care provider. Depending up the location of the parasite and the kind of problem the parasite is giving you, they may order tests or prescribe medication for treatment. ...Read more

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Is vittiligo really treatable? What does the medication do?

Is vittiligo really treatable?  What does the medication do?

Yes it is treatable: There are several treatments available for vitiligo which will help stimulate the pigment to come back. However treatments cannot necessarily prevent new areas of vitiligo. ...Read more