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Do antiviral drugs have side effects?

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Side effects of antiviral drugs may include nervousness, poor concentration, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Zanamivir is not recommended for people with a history of breathing problems, such as asthma, because it may worsen breathing. Discuss side effects with your doctor.

From: Flu Treatment With Antibiotics WebMD Medical Reference

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National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases/Division of Bacterial Diseases.

CDC: "2011-2012 Influenza Antiviral Medications: A Summary for Clinicians." 

CDC: "Antiviral Drugs for Seasonal Flu."

CDC: "Get Smart. Know When Antibiotics Work."

Jewish Medical & Research Center: "Getting Well When you have a Cold or the Flu." 

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Flu Facts."  

CDC: "If You Have a Cold or Flu, Antibiotics Won't Work For You!"

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Antibiotics: When they can and can't help."

FDA: "FDA approves Rapivab to treat flu infection."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 2, 2019

SOURCES:

National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases/Division of Bacterial Diseases.

CDC: "2011-2012 Influenza Antiviral Medications: A Summary for Clinicians." 

CDC: "Antiviral Drugs for Seasonal Flu."

CDC: "Get Smart. Know When Antibiotics Work."

Jewish Medical & Research Center: "Getting Well When you have a Cold or the Flu." 

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Flu Facts."  

CDC: "If You Have a Cold or Flu, Antibiotics Won't Work For You!"

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Antibiotics: When they can and can't help."

FDA: "FDA approves Rapivab to treat flu infection."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 2, 2019

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