What are Antiviral Medications?
Antiviral Medications aid the body in combating disease-causing viruses. Antiviral Medication is also preventative. They can prevent you from contracting or transmitting viral illnesses.
Viruses can spread in the following ways (depending on the type of virus):
- Through contaminated bodily fluids like blood, urine, feces, vomit, ejaculate (semen), and saliva
- From a bug's saliva into a person's blood through insect bites
- Skin-on-skin contact, including sexual intercourse
What do Antiviral Medications Treat?
The majority of viruses resolve without antiviral medicines. Medical professionals prescribe antiviral medicines to treat persistent or life-threatening viral infections, including:
- Coronaviruses like COVID-19
- Flu, including H1N1 (Swine flu)
- Genital herpes
- Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Types of Antiviral medicines
Antiviral Medications come in various forms, including:
- Oral Antiviral medicines like Daclahep, Lamivir, Hepcinat, Myhep, Natdac, Sofosvel, Valcivir
- Topical (skin) ointments or creams such as Acivir cream, Herpex cream
- Inhaled powder
- Injection (shot) into a muscle
- IV into a vein
Working of Antiviral Medications
Antiviral Medications function differently based on the type of drug and virus.
These Antiviral medicines work by:
- Blocking receptors to prevent virus attachment and entry into healthy cells
- Enhancing the immune system's ability to combat a viral infection
- Reducing the body's viral load (quantity of active virus)
What is the difference between Antivirals and Antibiotics?
Antibiotics assist the immune system in combating bacterial infections. Typically, bacteria proliferate outside of cells, making it simpler for drugs to target them.
Antibiotics can typically treat a variety of bacterial infections. However, the medications do not affect viruses.
Each Antiviral is exclusively effective against a particular virus.
Because viruses within cells are more challenging to target, developing Antiviral Medications is more complicated. There are more viruses than antiviral medications available to treat them.
How long must you take Antiviral Medications?
Treatment duration varies based on Antiviral Medication and viral infection. You may require one dosage of an IV medication or seven days of oral medication.
People with chronic illnesses such as HIV may take daily Antiviral Medications for life. This regimen of medication prevents the virus from becoming active. It can prevent others from contracting the infection.
Antiviral side effects vary based on the medicine type and dosage. You may experience the following:
- Dry mouth
- Pain in joints and muscles
- Nausea and vomiting
- Skin rash
Who should not take Antiviral Medicines?
Antiviral Medications are relatively safe. One can administer Specific antiviral medicines to infants as young as two weeks and pregnant women or that nursing.
Your doctor can assess whether or not an Antiviral medication is safe for you.
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