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Oral Antiviral Medication Medication
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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
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
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
Yes: You can give medication through ng tube. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
...: 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
It would be effective only if the inflammation is caused by a virus and the virus is susceptible to the medication. There are no effective medications for most viral infections of the brain.
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Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
Hi I just diagnosed with shingles. I am. Also. On HIV medication ART. Is it Ok to take both antiviral medication at the same time? Thx
If I read this correctly I would recommend you take one of the medications in the morning and the second one at bedtime.
Hope all goes well. ...Read more
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
I know certain medication like anti epileptic drugs can increase occurrence of acne. Is it a possibility that antivirals can have the same effect?
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! ...Read more
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
Probably.: If you are already sick and it has been less than 48 hours since the onset of symptoms, an antiviral drug may help by Keeping you from getting seriously ill, or helping you feel better faster. If you have been exposed, an antiviral drug may be about 70 percent to 90 percent effective in preventing the illness. ...Read more
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
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
VIRAL INFECTION: What kind of viral infection do you have? Please be guided by your md. ...Read more
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