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Dr. William Singer
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Zanamivir (Overview)

Zanamivir 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. William Singer
7 doctors shared insights

Zanamivir (Overview)

Zanamivir 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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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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How is tamiflu (oseltamivir) for the flu?

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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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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Can I get relenza (zanamivir) for flu prevention?

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

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Can swine flu be prevented by taking swine flu vaccination?

Can swine flu be prevented by taking swine flu vaccination?

Yes: While no vaccine is 100% effetive, the h1n1 vaccine is highly effective at preventing infection with h1n1 virus, and preventing death and serious illness from h1n1. ...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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Is there a vaccine named tamiflu (oseltamivir)?

Is there a vaccine named tamiflu (oseltamivir)?

No: Tamiflu (oseltamivir) is the brand name for an antiviral medication used to treat the flu. For adults, it is usually 1 capsule twice a day for 5 days. ...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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Is tamiflu (oseltamivir) a good drug to prevent the flu?

Is tamiflu (oseltamivir) a good drug to prevent the flu?

Yes: There is no drug to prevent flu completely, even the vaccine. They decrease the severity of symptoms such body aches, malaise etc. Tamiflu (oseltamivir) helps better if you administer it atleast 48 hrs before the symptom onset. So if someone around you is sick, start taking it. The sooner the better. If you are pregnant, talk to your doctor first whether to take it or not coz there are conflicting data. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Relenza (Definition)

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