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What are antiviral drugs?

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Antiviral drugs are medicines that decrease the ability of flu viruses to reproduce. When used as directed, antiviral drugs may help reduce the duration of flu symptoms in otherwise healthy children and adults and may reduce the severity of common flu symptoms.

From: Flu Treatment With Antiviral Drugs WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians: "Tips for Treating the Flu." American Lung Association: "Influenza Fact Sheet." Mayo Clinic: "Flu Shot: Your best shot for avoiding influenza." CDC: "Good Health Habits for Prevention;" "Key Facts About Antiviral Drugs and Influenza (Flu); and "Seasonal Influenza: What You Should Know about Flu Antiviral Drugs." UpToDate: Antiviral Drugs for the Treatment of Influenza in Adults. FDA: "FDA approves Rapivab to treat flu infection."





 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 2, 2019

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians: "Tips for Treating the Flu." American Lung Association: "Influenza Fact Sheet." Mayo Clinic: "Flu Shot: Your best shot for avoiding influenza." CDC: "Good Health Habits for Prevention;" "Key Facts About Antiviral Drugs and Influenza (Flu); and "Seasonal Influenza: What You Should Know about Flu Antiviral Drugs." UpToDate: Antiviral Drugs for the Treatment of Influenza in Adults. FDA: "FDA approves Rapivab to treat flu infection."





 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 2, 2019

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