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Flu Treatment With Antibiotics

What Works for the Flu? continued...

If you do get sick, your doctor can give you an antiviral. This type of medication stops the flu virus from reproducing.

The CDC recommends oseltamivir (Tamiflu), peramivir (Rapivab), and zanamivir (Relenza). They work best when you get them within 48 hours after symptoms start. They can shorten the flu by 1 to 2 days if you get them early. Even if you take one just as the flu is setting in, it can you’re your symptoms and help you get well faster. Your doctor will tell you which one is right for you.

They also can help prevent the flu, but they aren’t a replacement for the vaccine.

Are There Side Effects?

Yes. They can include nervousness, poor concentration, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. 

Zanamivir isn’t recommended for people with a history of breathing problems, such as asthma, because it may worsen breathing. 

Tell your doctor if you have any side effects.

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Reviewed on May 10, 2015

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