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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Relenza (Overview)

Relenza is a flu/influenza agent which is a kind of anti-viral drug (antibiotic and antimicrobial).


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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

Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
10 doctors shared insights

Relenza (Overview)

Relenza is a flu/influenza agent which is a kind of anti-viral drug (antibiotic and antimicrobial).


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How effective is relenza (zanamivir)?

Very Effective: Relenza (zanamivir) is a treatment for influenza(flu) that is administered by inhaler. Dose is 2 puffs twice a day for 5 days. It is an alternative to tamiflu which is a pill that is taken twice a day for 5 days. Most patients prefer the pill & the only reason I use Relenza (zanamivir) is if the patient took tamiflu & experienced side effects. Both medicines are specific & effective for treating influenza. ...Read more

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Is tamiflu or relenza (zanamivir) effective for swine flu?

Is tamiflu or relenza (zanamivir) effective for swine flu?

Partly: It may shorten the course of illness by a couple of days if started early in the course of infection. ...Read more

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How effective is relenza (zanamivir)?

Very Effective: Relenza (zanamivir) is a treatment for influenza(flu) that is administered by inhaler. Dose is 2 puffs twice a day for 5 days. It is an alternative to tamiflu which is a pill that is taken twice a day for 5 days. Most patients prefer the pill & the only reason I use Relenza (zanamivir) is if the patient took tamiflu & experienced side effects. Both medicines are specific & effective for treating influenza. ...Read more

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Could tamiflu (oseltamivir) work for bird flu?

Could tamiflu (oseltamivir) work for bird flu?

Probably: Tamiflu (oseltamivir) works by stopping the virus from detaching from the host cell in your lung. This stops the virus spreading though the body, and the"bird flu" virus uses a similar mechanism, which appears to be inhibited to similar degree by the drug. ...Read more

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Can I get relenza (zanamivir) for flu prevention?

Can I get  relenza (zanamivir) for flu prevention?

Yes: Its a prescription medication, so ask your md. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: tamiflu (oseltamivir)?

Antiviral: Used in cases where acute influenza is suspected, this medication is dosed twice daily for 5 days. It may also be used as prophylaxis, when a person at risk or in poor health is exposed to a flu patient, and the influenza has not yet become active. ...Read more

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Will antiviral medication be effective in treating bird flu?

Will antiviral medication be effective in treating bird flu?

Possibly: Amantadine and ramantidine have been used, but have a high rate of resistance. Tamiflu and Relenza (zanamivir) are available by prescription and have shown variable success. Resistance has been high in this specific influenza variety. ...Read more

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Tamiflu (oseltamivir) side effects?

Mostly GI: Most common are GI side effects: nausea, diarrhea, GI cramps and gas. Here's a link for the full package insert: http://pandemic.Wisconsin.Gov/docview.Asp?Docid=16555&locid=106. ...Read more

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Stomach flu can be cured with tamiflu (oseltamivir)?

Stomach flu can be cured with tamiflu (oseltamivir)?

Only if is the flu: Tamiflu (oseltamivir) only treats influenza which at times causes vomiting and diarrhea but more commonly causes fever, muscle aches and sniffles. ...Read more

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Can i take benzonatate with tamiflu (oseltamivir)?

Yes: Benzonatate is a butylamine, chemically related to other ester local anesthetics such as procaine and tetracaine. Its cough suppressing activity is by numbing the throat so that it is not as prone to reacting to inflammation. Don't know of any interaction with tamiflu (oseltamivir) which is a tablet. ...Read more

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How is tamiflu (oseltamivir) for the flu?

Helps some: This helps some patients if it is started soon enough. It works by decreasing viral reproduction, so if you have had it for more than 2 days, there is not much point in starting.( already well established) ...Read more

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Could you prescribe tamiflu (oseltamivir) over the app?

Wrong site: The public HT site is for general information.It is not a chat room and site docs cannot review your uploads or previous questions.It is also not designed to diagnose or treat you. There is an affiliated concierge service, HealthTap Prime, and some of those features are available with paid consultations.Read site information if interested. ...Read more

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Are you still contagious after starting tamiflu (oseltamivir)?

Are you still contagious after starting  tamiflu (oseltamivir)?

Yes: Tamiflu (oseltamivir) reduces the reproduction of the virus within you but does not kill it or stop your potential to spread it. Consider yourself most contagious while you have fever with declining potential as it drops.Virus can still be present in your cough or oral secretions for more than a week.Good hand washing and pre-treatment of contacts can limit the spread in families. ...Read more

Dr. Shari Jackson
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Zanamivir (Definition)

Zanamivir is a flu/influenza agent which is a kind of anti-viral ...Read more