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Will antiviral medication be effective in treating bird flu?
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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Let's hope so
Neuraminidase inhibitors (nai's) are the only reliable antivirals used to treat human influenza.
Approved nai's include oseltamivir (tamiflu) & zanamivir (relenza). Avian influenza (bird flu) is also treated with oseltamivir. Both human & avian influenza can mutate & become resistant to nai's. Cases of h5n1 avian influenza resistant to oseltamivir have been found. New nai's are in development now.

In brief: Let's hope so
Neuraminidase inhibitors (nai's) are the only reliable antivirals used to treat human influenza.
Approved nai's include oseltamivir (tamiflu) & zanamivir (relenza). Avian influenza (bird flu) is also treated with oseltamivir. Both human & avian influenza can mutate & become resistant to nai's. Cases of h5n1 avian influenza resistant to oseltamivir have been found. New nai's are in development now.
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
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A very positive outlook!
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
In brief: Probably
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In brief: Probably
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