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Do flu medicines stop the flu from being contagious?

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No, You can still make other people sick even if you're taking antiviral mediations that treat the flu. The CDC recommends four FDA-approved drugs to treat the flu: , baloxavir marboxil (Xofluza), oseltamivir (Tamiflu), peramivir (Rapivab), and zanamivir (Relenza). These drugs could shorten the time that you're sick, and they might shorten the length of time that you can spread the flu.

From: How Long Is the Flu Contagious? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: “How Flu Spreads,” “Flu & You.”

Cowling, B. , published online May 7, 2008. PLOSOne

Halloran, M. , Jan. 15, 2007. American Journal of Epidemiology

Hayward, A. , March 2010. KidsHealth: “Influenza (Flu).” Clinical Infectious Diseases

Medscape: “Influenza Practice Essentials.”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Flu.gov: “Interim Guidance on Environmental Management of Pandemic Influenza Virus.”

UK National Health Service NHS Choices: “Flu.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 2, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: “How Flu Spreads,” “Flu & You.”

Cowling, B. , published online May 7, 2008. PLOSOne

Halloran, M. , Jan. 15, 2007. American Journal of Epidemiology

Hayward, A. , March 2010. KidsHealth: “Influenza (Flu).” Clinical Infectious Diseases

Medscape: “Influenza Practice Essentials.”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Flu.gov: “Interim Guidance on Environmental Management of Pandemic Influenza Virus.”

UK National Health Service NHS Choices: “Flu.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 2, 2019

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