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Does Valtrex Work On Flu Viruses
Antiviral medicatios: In some situations antiviral medications (Tamiflu, Relenza, (zanamivir) Flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms of FLU to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. There are over 100 cold viruses that may mutate often. Colds are usually not severe. ...Read more
Cold sore: Acyclovir is a drug used to treat herpes virus infections. Many cold sores are caused by herpes virus and will respond to such treatment. However, not all cold sores are caused by herpes. In this case, the cold sore may not respond to the treatment. The good news in all this, most cold sores get better within a couple of weeks, even without treatment. Keep it moist with ointment. This helps. ...Read more
Totally different: The common cold which causes upper respiratory tract infections is caused by more than 200 different types of virus. The HIV virus is part of the family known as human retroviruses. The differences and similarities are far too lengthy to discuss in this type of setting. ...Read more
How long does it take for genital herpes outbreak to clear up when taking valtrex (valacyclovir)?
Sovaldi + ribavirin: Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) is a uridine nucleotide analog prodrug that is converted in liver to an active metabolite that inhibits the hcv ns5b rna-dependent RNA polymerase, which is essential for viral replication. The combination is fda-approved, forms an aasld/idsa recommended treatment arm for multiple genotypes, as well as for hcv/hiv coinfected patients, ; those with liver cancer pre-transplant. ...Read more
I take zovirax (acyclovir) for herpes simplex (genital). I take 40 mg everyday to suppress the herpes simplex eruptions. Will this drug suppress shingles too?
There is no evidence: No there is no evidens that it will suppress shingles,The only way to prevent shingles is by taking Zostavax the Shingle Vaccine.All adults over the age of 60 are recommemded to have shingle vaccine one dose to prevent shingles Even though Zovirax (acyclovir) is used to treaas it will shorten the course if used within 48 hours of start of the rash.And the dose used is 800 MGM every 4 hours for 5 days ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Good question: Because a virus is DNA or RNA, I used to think that a virus could not survive at all outside a cell. In reviewing the literature a while ago, I found to my surprise that some viruses can remain for days or weeks on inanimate objects and in water or sewage for very long periods of time. So it depends on the virus but they can survive outside the body for days to months. ...Read more
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