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Dr. Chad Levitt
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Oral Antiviral Medication (Overview)

Just as there are antibiotics to treat bacterial infections, there are some anti-viral medications available to treat certain viral infections.


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Is there any oral antiviral medication for warts?

Is there any oral antiviral medication for warts?

Warts: Each night before going to bed soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar, apply it to the wart and then hold it in place with a band-aid. Leave it on all night, or if you like, 24 hours a day but change the soaked cotton and band-aid each evening for a week. The wart will swell and may throb as it reacts with the vinegar and then start to turn black within the first two days and in two weeks gone. ...Read more

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Dr. Chad Levitt
11 doctors shared insights

Oral Antiviral Medication (Overview)

Just as there are antibiotics to treat bacterial infections, there are some anti-viral medications available to treat certain viral infections.


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Is there any oral antiviral medication for warts?

Warts: Each night before going to bed soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar, apply it to the wart and then hold it in place with a band-aid. Leave it on all night, or if you like, 24 hours a day but change the soaked cotton and band-aid each evening for a week. The wart will swell and may throb as it reacts with the vinegar and then start to turn black within the first two days and in two weeks gone. ...Read more

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Improving Oral Health (Checklist)

Keep sugars and sticky starches to a minimum
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Is there an antiviral medication to treat Zika?

Is there an antiviral medication to treat Zika?

No: There is currently no medicine to treat Zika virus infection. Treatment involves fluids, rest, pain relievers, and other supportive care. Luckily most people have a fairly mild illness and it typically lasts no more than a week. ...Read more

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Treating Oral Thrush (Checklist)

Dab Nystatin liquid onto the oral thrush, if approved by the doctor
4x day
Sterilize bottles, nipples, and pacifiers in boiling water
2x week
Look for thrush on the baby's inner cheeks and gums
2x week
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Can I take antiviral medications to treat parasites?

No: Medications are specific to the cause. Antivirals are for virus infections, antibacterials are for bacterial infections, antifungals are for fungal infections and so on. I do not believe that your pcp or other physician would inted to treat you for a parasitic infection with an antiviral. There may be some confusion on what you have or what you are taking or there may me more to the story. ...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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Is it safe to take antiviral medications while pregnant?

Is it safe to take antiviral medications while pregnant?

Yes: This would depend on the specific drug, but the most common antiviral medications used in pregnancy are valcyclovir (valtrex) and acyclovir, both of which target the herpes viruses. They are both safe and can reduce your risk of a herpes outbreak around the time of delivery, which can be dangerous to a newborn. Tamiflu (oseltamivir) should be limited to known flu infection or exposure in the high risk. ...Read more

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What ways can we combat hiv's resistance to antiviral medication?

What ways can we combat hiv's resistance to antiviral medication?

Take meds: Hiv can develop resistance by replicating (multiplying) when there are antiviral drugs present. The way to prevent this is to always maintain high enough drug levels to completely prevent replication. People who take their medications faithfully rarely develop resistance, as long as the drugs are chosen properly. ...Read more

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Are antiviral medications successful in fighting herpes induced encephalitis?

Are antiviral medications successful in fighting herpes induced encephalitis?

Hopefully yes: Critical is an early diagnosis and immediate use of such drugs. Outcomes these days are far better with modern treatment, but as noted, time is of the essence. ...Read more

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I have shingles. What are the chances of my 3yr old and 17.5mth old getting it? 17.5mth old had 18mth shot today early. I'm on antiviral medication

I have shingles. What are the chances of my 3yr old and 17.5mth old getting it? 17.5mth old had 18mth shot today early. I'm on antiviral medication

Depends on situation: Shingles is a re-activation of the chickenpox virus that hibernates in your nerve roots after you had it or the shot.For unknown reasons, it reactivates and causes the localized rash/pain. The blisters do contain virus, which could give your kids chickenpox. If they were vaccinated, that is unlikely. Covering the sores and hand washing prevents spread of the virus.The kids would not get shingles. ...Read more

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How harmful can herpes be and are antiviral medications or herbals harmful to the liver?

How harmful can herpes be and are antiviral medications or herbals  harmful to the liver?

HSV: Herpes type 1 and 2 are chronic viral illnesses that have active and dormant phases. In an immunocompromised patient, it can become a disseminated disease. It can be fatal to a newborn if mother has active lesions and baby is delivered vaginally. Treatment includes Acyclovir which is a well known drug used for decades. Please speak to your physician about side effect profile of drugs and herbs. ...Read more

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How good are antiviral medications at treating viral infections?

How good are antiviral medications at treating viral infections?

...: I was not able to find any information about viralcide online other than a few mentions in some blogs. Perhaps it has another name? Or is no longer available as a supplement? ...Read more

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Would antiviral medications be effective in the treatment of brain inflammation?

Would antiviral medications be effective in the treatment of brain inflammation?

Depends on the cause: Antiviral drugs will only work if the encephalitis (brain inflammation) is due to a virus; and some antiviral drugs work only against one particular virus. For example, acyclovir is often given if herpes encephalitis is possible, but has no effect on other viruses. Ask the doctor in charge of the patient's treatment. ...Read more

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Can antiviral medication treat chronic hepatitis b?

Can antiviral medication treat chronic hepatitis b?

Yes: There are currently 6 available antiviral medications for hepatitis b. Viread is the most common and Baraclude (entecavir) is also a first line therapy. Most of these medications only need to be taken once per day and have minimal side effects. ...Read more

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Are there antiviral medication that is effective against west nile virus?

Are there antiviral medication that is effective against west nile virus?

No: Case reports using intravenous immunoglobulin (ivig) and other interventions have been described, but are inconsistent and haven't been scientifically tested. Supportive management is the mainstay of west nile virus infections. ...Read more

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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