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Doctor insights on: Antivirals Vs Antibiotics

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Is it possible for me to mix antibiotic n antiviral?

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. ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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Can an antiviral and antibiotic together be taken together?

Can an antiviral and antibiotic together be taken together?

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. ...Read more

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Can you take an antibiotic and an antiviral at the same time?

Can you take an antibiotic and an antiviral at the same time?

Yes: If you develop a strep throat while you are taking an anti-viral to keep your herpes under control, you doc can prescribe an antibiotic after confirming the need for one. ...Read more

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What is the difference between antiviral medication and antibiotics?

What is the difference between antiviral medication and antibiotics?

Different bugs: Anti viral medications are only effective for specific viruses (we have far fewer of these). The remainder of the antibiotic classes are indicated for a range of bacteria. Antifungals are considered a type of antibiotic but (you guessed it) attack the cell walls of fungii. ...Read more

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Okay to take antibiotics and antiviral at the same time?

Only a concern...: ...With some of the anti-hiv drugs; common antivirals such as tamiflu (oseltamivir) and acyclovir, and common antibiotics, do not have significant interactions. ...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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What are some natural antibiotic/antiviral foods that will not interfere with immunosuppressants?

What are some natural antibiotic/antiviral foods that will not interfere with immunosuppressants?

Don't fall for it!: Eat a well balanced diet. There are no foods that have a clinically significant antibiotic or antiviral effect. That's junk science! ...Read more

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