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In what way does antiviral medication lead to bacterial infections?

In what way does antiviral medication lead to bacterial infections?

Not usual antivirals: Common antiviral medications such as Zovirax or Valtrex (valacyclovir) used to treat herpes viruses, or Tamiflu used to treat influenza viruses, do not lead to bacterial infections. Certain medications that suppress a person's immune system, such as prednisone, are sometimes used to decrease inflammation caused by some viral infections. With immunosuppressant meds, a person may get other infections more easily. ...Read more

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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Can antiviral medications increase the chance of secondary bacterial infections and sepsis?

Can antiviral medications increase the chance of secondary bacterial infections and sepsis?

No: Unless you have a rare side effect and have suppression of your bone marrow and can not generate enough infection fighting cells. ...Read more

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Are there safe over-the-counter medications that I can give a child to help his bacterial infection?

Are there safe over-the-counter medications that I can give a child to help his bacterial infection?

Prescription only: Medications to treat bacterial infections are only available by prescription. See your pediatrician or family doctor to confirm this is a bacterial infection and to give you the treatment options. ...Read more

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Will takin vicodin while on medication for a bacterial infection lesson the effects of my antibacterial medicine?

Will takin vicodin while on medication for a bacterial infection lesson the effects of my antibacterial medicine?

No drug interactions: However, only your doctor can determine is this is safe based upon your past health medical history and current medications list. ...Read more

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I keep getting bacterial infections in my vagina, what should I do to prevent it? And what medications should I use to clear up the infection?

I keep getting bacterial infections in my vagina, what should I do to prevent it? And what medications should I use to clear up the infection?

Acidify & probiotics: Many women struggle with flares of bacterial infections related to times when the ph of the vagina goes up. That is the acidity that is supposed to be at 4. Blood and semen are both about 7. Using a product such as rephresh once after sex and for 3 days after each period can help. At the same time taking probiotics by mouth increases good bacteria in your body including the vagina. Lactobacilli +. ...Read more

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How common is bacterial infection in anti tnf medication treatment?

How common is bacterial infection in anti tnf medication treatment?

Higher but still low: Anti-tumor necrosis factor drugs have emerged as important agents in the treatment of many chronic inflammatory diseases. One of the risks of anti-tnf therapy is the small but significant risk of serious opportunistic infection. These include increased risks of certain fungal, viral and bacterial infections, but not to all pathogens. The risk is still small and should be balanced with benefits. ...Read more

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I was treated fr bacterial infection took medication for 2 days again vomitting continues doc made a scan find 8 wk preg will tat medici affect preg?

I was treated fr bacterial infection took medication for 2 days again vomitting continues doc made a scan find 8 wk preg will tat medici affect preg?

What was the med?: Some antibiotics are safer in pregnancy than others. You did not tell us the name of the one you took. Let us know. There are online resources on whether a medicine is safe to take when pregnant. Oh, and congratulations ! ...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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Bacterial Infections (Definition)

Bacteria are tiny organisms that can only be seen with a microscope. When certain bacteria enter the body, they can cause infections that must ...Read more