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In what way does antiviral medication lead to bacterial infections?
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
7 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Michael Ein
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
2 doctors agree
In brief: They do not
Antiviral drugs do not cause or lead to bacterial infections.

In brief: They do not
Antiviral drugs do not cause or lead to bacterial infections.
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