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Doctor insights on: Combining Antivirals And 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Is it bad to take antibiotic drugs and antiviral drugs at the same month?

Is it bad to take antibiotic drugs and antiviral drugs at the same month?

If both are...: ...Needed, then you take both. They do not usually have much interactions, except for HIV drugs.

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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!

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Can I take omeprozole while on antibiotics (cefprozil) and antiviral (tamiflu)?

Can I take omeprozole while on antibiotics (cefprozil) and antiviral (tamiflu)?

Yes: These do not interact or interfere with each other. You may also feel better without gerd symptoms.

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Felt fine after antibiotic and antiviral took 1 hour ago. Advil (ibuprofen) soft gel made me puke 10minutes later. Were my medications absorbed or puked?

Felt fine after antibiotic and antiviral took 1 hour ago. Advil (ibuprofen) soft gel made me puke 10minutes later. Were my medications absorbed or puked?

Likely Yes: If you did not notice large pill fragments in your vomit, then 1 hour likely was enough time to absorb much of your pills. I hope you feel better!

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Was diagnosed w/ acute sinusitis. I'm now taking an antibiotic, antiviral, a steroid & ear drops & I'm not feeling better. Could it be something else?

You may need to: Wait a bit longer for sinus infections to improve. They are notoriously hard to treat completely, sometimes taking up to 3 weeks of antibiotics and symptomatic medicines to treat all the symptoms. If you are not better after 3 weeks of antibiotics then something is wrong and you should see the professional help again.

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Dr. Sees shingles of the eye/nose & worries (but does not investigate) fungal infection of the throat & nose. Treats with antiviral + antibiotics. Ok?

Dr. Sees shingles of the eye/nose & worries (but does not investigate) fungal infection of the throat & nose. Treats with antiviral + antibiotics. Ok?

Shingles: Near the eyes - I usually suggest seeing an eye doctor as well. Anttivirals will help reduce the shingles. If he also put you on antifungals that is fine. Homeopathic rhus tox can help with the shingles as well. And you will also find value in seeing a chinese medicine practitioner to help balance your overall system.

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Can antibiotics and antivirals make me sicker?

Can antibiotics and antivirals make me sicker?

Depends: If you have an allergy to any component of a specific antibiotic or anti-viral you could have a reaction just like some do to strawberries or a bee sting. That could be uncomfortable or life threatening. If not, these are just foreign materials that pass through your body like food. Antibiotics have a bad habit of killing of helpful bacteria in your gut, but these can be replaced with probiotics.

Dr. Steven Fine
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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