Antivirals

Flu Treatment at Washington Township Medical Foundation

Antiviral drugs are a group of medications used in treating infections caused by viruses. Whereas antibiotics treat conditions that are caused by germs such as bacteria and some parasites—including meningitis and pneumonia—antiviral drugs are effective in treating viruses. Ask your doctor at Washington Township Medical Foundation in Fremont, CA in the event that you have questions about antiviral drugs; including what they do, the conditions they treat, and how they work.

Can Antiviral Drugs Treat the Flu?

Yes, antivirals are often used in treating the flu. Antiviral drugs are prescription drugs, meaning that you must have a prescription from your doctor as they are not sold over the counter. These medications come in various forms including pills, liquids, powders that can be inhaled, and intravenous.

It is important to note that antiviral drugs should not be considered a replacement for the flu vaccine. The best way to prevent the seasonal flu is to get your annual flu shot. In the event that you do get sick, antiviral drugs can be helpful. According to studies, these drugs are most effective in treating the flu when they are used within two days of becoming sick.

Possible side effects, which are uncommon, may include:

  • Runny nose
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Behavioral changes