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What are the best medicine for viral infection?

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Allison Greco
General Practice
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In brief: Mom's remedies

Unfortunately medicines like antibiotics do not treat viral infections, so it's best to follow all the advice your mom used to give you: get lots of rest and drink fluids! chicken soup and tea may also help.
You may take tylenol (acetaminophen) for fever and muscle aches. Remember to wash your hands so you don't pass the infection along!

In brief: Mom's remedies

Unfortunately medicines like antibiotics do not treat viral infections, so it's best to follow all the advice your mom used to give you: get lots of rest and drink fluids! chicken soup and tea may also help.
You may take tylenol (acetaminophen) for fever and muscle aches. Remember to wash your hands so you don't pass the infection along!
Allison Greco
Allison Greco
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Dr. Ziad Akl
I find that NSAIDS provide more relief than Tylenol. Personal observation.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine
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In brief: It depends what viru

Most of the viral infections get better by themselves and do not need and antiviral antibiotics but if you are diagnosed with inflenza and start tamiflu (oseltamivir) asap it shortens the course and avoid complications.
Same hold true with varicella and herpes zoster and you have choice of antiviral antibiotics if used early can shrten the course and we also use drugs for herpes simplex and HIV and others.

In brief: It depends what viru

Most of the viral infections get better by themselves and do not need and antiviral antibiotics but if you are diagnosed with inflenza and start tamiflu (oseltamivir) asap it shortens the course and avoid complications.
Same hold true with varicella and herpes zoster and you have choice of antiviral antibiotics if used early can shrten the course and we also use drugs for herpes simplex and HIV and others.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Dr. Yash Khanna
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