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I have just finished a course of antibiotics a f have not improved from influenza...why is that?

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Dr. Jennifer Austin
Obstetrics & Gynecology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Antibiotics and flu

Antibiotics are not active against the flu.
Antibiotics are sometimes given to reduce the risk of complications in severe cases, but the antibiotics to not directly affect the course of the influenza. Tamiflu, (oseltamivir or similar med), is usually the recommended treatment. If started soon enough, it can reduce the duration of your symptoms. Average flu lasts 1-2 weeks.

In brief: Antibiotics and flu

Antibiotics are not active against the flu.
Antibiotics are sometimes given to reduce the risk of complications in severe cases, but the antibiotics to not directly affect the course of the influenza. Tamiflu, (oseltamivir or similar med), is usually the recommended treatment. If started soon enough, it can reduce the duration of your symptoms. Average flu lasts 1-2 weeks.
Dr. Jennifer Austin
Dr. Jennifer Austin
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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Abx don't help flu

As Dr. Austin said, antibiotics are ineffective against influenza, which is a virus, and usually will do more harm than good by killing our friendly flora.

Even the touted antiviral Tamiflu has minimal benefits and only helps if started close to the onset of symptoms. However, there are many herbs and natural remedies that can be very helpful.
See http://tinyurl.com/zeccbso for detailed advice.

In brief: Abx don't help flu

As Dr. Austin said, antibiotics are ineffective against influenza, which is a virus, and usually will do more harm than good by killing our friendly flora.

Even the touted antiviral Tamiflu has minimal benefits and only helps if started close to the onset of symptoms. However, there are many herbs and natural remedies that can be very helpful.
See http://tinyurl.com/zeccbso for detailed advice.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker
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