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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.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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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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