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Do nyquil and antiviral drugs have a dangerous interaction?

Do nyquil and antiviral drugs have a dangerous interaction?

Should be OK: Should be ok when used as directed. Always a good idea to notify your doctor or pharmacist when using over the counter products. ...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


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Is it a good idea to stock up on antiviral drugs?

Sometimes helpful: If you have recurrent/chronic herpes you need to begin antivirals within 72hrs of first symptoms or you may be using daily doses as prevention. So stocking up could make sense. These antivirals are related to the drug Acyclovir which is very safe.
Other antivirals may not be as safe or may require monitoring. So stocking up would not be wise. Important: always check expiration dates. ...Read more

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What are the effects of antiviral drugs?

What are the effects of antiviral drugs?

Depends on the drug: Some antivirals have methods of action that are very specific for a viral enzyme or protein and not people. Many, however, have effects that also cause toxicity in mammalian cells since that is where the virus replicates. Even those that are fairly specific can have side effects. As an example, some HIV drugs like azt (zidovudine) inhibit viral reverse transcriptase that we do not have but are still toxic. ...Read more

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Can we mix steroids and antiviral drugs?

Maybe: The answer to this question would depend on the exact medications you are referring to. Ask your physician or pharmacist if your medications will have any interactions. ...Read more

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Is it a problem to take vicodin with antiviral drugs?

Taking for what?: You should always be talking to the prescriber, and it depends on what kind of anti-viral drug. Are we talking Acyclovir or valcyclovir for herpes, or drugs for hepatitis c, or for hiv? Different anti-viral drugs have differing drug interactions. In general, hydrocodone does not have many drug interactions. If it is prescribed, talk to prescriber. If you don't have prescription, don't take it! ...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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I was diagnosed with HIV last month. I will start antiviral drugs today. Is it be ok if I take spirulina with the drugs? Thanks in advance.

I was diagnosed with HIV last month. I will start antiviral drugs today. Is it be ok if I take spirulina with the drugs? Thanks in advance.

Sure: Don't expect any benefit. Spirulina is an old health fraud. I am very glad you are getting treated for your HIV infection. If you are interested in complementary therapies, find an evidence-based holistic physician in your community. He/she won't recommend spirulina. ...Read more

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Are tamiflu and relenza (zanamivir) effective antiviral drugs?

Are tamiflu and relenza (zanamivir) effective antiviral drugs?

When used properly.: Their usefulness is limited to influenza (real flu, not "flu-like illness") if used in the first 48 hours of the illness. ...Read more

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My daughter has been given antiviral drugs for swine flu in asia. Why?

Few available RXs: There are several different flus that are labled "swine flu" including the h1n1 that surfaced in april 2yrs ago & a h3n2 strain now in the northeast I am unaware of what may be labled swine flu now in asia. Anti-virals are one of the few available treatments for active flu & the specific anti-viral may or may not be effective in minimizing the illness. Other meds are directed at secondary problems. ...Read more

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What are the risks of contracting HIV from becomg a phlebotomist? What antiviral drugs are available if I got stuck with a needle by infected patient?

HIV: Despite the best precautions, anyone carries the risk of a needle stick in your profession. If indeed one gets stuck, there is a protocol to be followed. Please inquire from your school or hospital. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Can antiviral drugs make the infection to recurr instead of life long immunity? Ex: Chicken pox

Can antiviral drugs make the infection to recurr instead of life long immunity? Ex: Chicken pox

Unlikely: Since exposure chicken pox, the virus is already replicating days before pox are noted. This is ample time for a person's immunity to start making antibodies. Recurrence of cp is more likely to be based on an individual's innate immunity when they first acquire the infection and later health. Rx needs to be started in 24 hours after pox appear, and important if newborn or other health issue. ...Read more

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My 14 year old son has developed a shingles rash today. He has been to the doctor, but no antiviral drugs have been prescribed. Should we go back?

Yes: There is a medicine that helps treat shingles (more than one, actually), but it is only effective if started within the first few days of the rash. ...Read more

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Currently take amitryptaline 10 mg nightly for migraines is it safe to take nyquil for a cold or will there be an adverse interaction between the two?

Currently take amitryptaline 10 mg nightly for migraines is it safe to take nyquil for a cold or will there be an adverse interaction between the two?

Caution is advised: There is a drug to drug interaction between the 2 agents. The combination may increase the risk of CNS depression, psychomotor impairment, and anticholinergic adverse effects (additive effects). Hence, I would advise against the use of the 2 agents concomitantly. ...Read more

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"will nyquil mess up a drug screen? "

"will nyquil mess up a drug screen? "

It could: It has best known to cause false positive tests for ecstacy, mdma, and methamphetamine. ...Read more

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How long after taking Nyquil tablets should I home drug test myself, I'm trying to make sure all THC is gone?

How long after taking Nyquil tablets should I home drug test myself, I'm trying to make sure all THC is gone?

NyQuil: There is no THC in the drug. The liquid version of NyQuil Cold/Flu Multi-symptom Relief, available in syrup and LiquiCap form. The recommended adult dose contains:

Acetaminophen (650 mg/30 mL) (pain reliever/fever reducer)
Dextromethorphan (30 mg/30 mL) (cough suppressant)
Doxylamine succinate (12.5 mg/30 mL) (antihistamine/hypnotic) ...Read more

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I just took 60ml of NyQuil. I'm very nervous it's going to show up on my urine drug test tomorrow by 2pm. Do I get another test if I fail?

Not sure: Not sure why you need a drug test but this only has dextromethorphan, acetaminophen, and doxylamine. These are not restricted products and while they may be in urine should not show any red flags that I am aware of. It depends on why you are having the test as to whether you get another. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What flu drugs contain pseudoephedrine and are comparable to nyquil d?

What flu drugs contain pseudoephedrine and are comparable to nyquil d?

Several over the cou: Several behind the the counter medicines contain psedoephedrine and and are similar to nyquil, you need to sign for it and show id, due to abuse of Pseudoephedrine by many. You can still get it without rx. ...Read more

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Well nyquil show u on a drug test?

Well nyquil show u on a drug test?

Nyquil: No, but it can give false positive results for amphetamines, heroin, opiates, Methadone or ecstacy. ...Read more

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Will nyquil severe show up on a drug test?

Should not: There are no controlled substances in the nyquil. Occasionally the decongestants will show up on a drug test as amphetamines. It is best to avoid it a few days before a drug screen. ...Read more

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If I take 30 mL of NyQuil the day before my 5 panel drug test, could it give a false negative on the test?

False neg for what?: Most people are not usually concerned about false negative results. The exception being the people who are prescribed a medication and rather than taking it, are selling it on the street.
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If I take nyquil will I fail a job drug test?

Nyquil: Not likely, unless you are taking sedatives such as anxiety medication, & even then you can justify results if bring note from your prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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If I take nyquil last night, woud it show in my drug screen requid by my job? I work as care giver, and some times we requid dtug screen. I am old fashon, I don't like take madicaction when I have cold. But last night I took nyquil. Woud it show in my dru

If I take nyquil last night, woud it show in my drug screen requid by my job? I work as care giver, and some times we requid dtug screen. I am old fashon, I don't like take madicaction when I have cold. But last night I took nyquil. Woud it show in my dru

Not generally: Most employers test for drugs of abuse, and nyquil, outside of a little alcohol, does not have any of the drugs they would be testing for (usually amphetamines, pcp, marijuana, opioids, benzodiazepines, cocaine). Also, they usually ask you to fill out paperwork on what your medications are, so you should just list the nyquil. ...Read more

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What if I took nyquil yesterday and last night for this aweful cold/cough and I am also on adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)? Will my drug test come back false positive?

What if I took nyquil yesterday and last night for this aweful cold/cough and I am also on adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)? Will my drug test come back false positive?

Amphetamine positive: Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) will show up as a positive drug test for amphetamines. There is nothing in nyquil which will show up on a drug test. Nyquil just has a lot of alcohol in it. ...Read more