Flu antivirals are a type of medication which can be taken to reduce the length and impact of flu symptoms. Having the flu virus can be very frustrating but it can even prove life-threatening to certain people, including the elderly and those with certain health conditions like lung disease or weakened immune system.
Antivirals are not a cure for flu, but they can be taken not long after catching the virus to stop it from developing further within the body. If you are someone who is particularly vulnerable to the flu, then antiviral medication could prove a life-saver. At iMeds you can order anti-virals with ease from our website.
Dr. Diana Gall
Our Health Care Team
"Flu antivirals are a way of protecting patients from any serious complications when they have flu. In most cases, flu is relatively mild and can be treated with common medicines like ibuprofen and paracetamol and by getting plenty of rest and fluids. However, if someone is very young or old, or they have certain health conditions, then the flu could provoke serious complications, making antiviral medication a potential life-saver. If you’re an at risk patient, then you should get vaccinated against the flu virus."
Antiviral drugs for flu
Antiviral drugs are a type of prescription medication used to treat viral infections. They can be used to treat flu, which is a virus that affects a lot of people every year and causes very uncomfortable symptoms.
While a flu vaccination is the most effective method to prevent getting the flu, antivirals can be taken to significantly reduce the impact of symptoms if you do end up catching the flu virus.
Influenza, commonly known as simply flu, is a highly contagious virus which causes a respiratory illness. In the majority of cases, flu is a mild illness and recovery can be made within a week. For some people, however, the illness can be more severe and even fatal to some. It can be dangerous for vulnerable people who have certain health problems.
The symptoms of the flu have quite a few similarities to the common cold and people can mistake one for the other. A key difference is that the symptoms of the flu develop more quickly and are more severe compared to the common cold.
Symptoms of flu can include the following:
- A sudden fever with a temperature of 38C or above
- Aching around the body
- A dry cough
- A sore throat
- A headache
- Loss of appetite
- Tummy pain or diarrhoea
- Nausea and vomiting
- Difficulty sleeping
While having the flu really sucks, it usually clears up on its own without any complications in about a week. For more vulnerable people, however, flu can lead to complications that need treating in hospital.
In the worst case scenarios, flu can develop into serious health conditions such as sinusitis, bronchitis and pneumonia. Flu can also lead to dehydration and worsen existing health conditions including heat and lung disease, diabetes, asthma and problems with the central nervous system.
Who is most vulnerable to the flu?
Certain are vulnerable of developing serious health problems if they catch the flu. Pregnant women, the very young and the very old are particularly vulnerable, as well as people with the following issues:
- A heart or lung disease
- A weakened immune system (caused by HIV/AIDS or another reason)
- A chronic respiratory condition
Flu anti-virals are prescribed to those who are admitted to hospital with a severe case of flu in order to minimise their risk of developing complications and preventing fatalities.
How do flu anti-virals work?
Flu anti-virals contain oseltamivir, which is part of a group of medicines called neuraminidase inhibitors. It is not a vaccine, but this treatment can ease or prevent the symptoms caused by the flu virus.
How effective are flu-anti virals?
Flu anti-virals are most effective when they are taken during the early stages of the flu. So if you catch the virus, you should try and take this medication as soon as possible once you first notice symptoms of this condition.
Flu anti-virals for sale
A common choice of flu anti-viral is Tamiflu, which is available to order online today from iMeds. Tamiflu is capable of fighting against the symptoms of flu, and it may be issued when there is an outbreak of flu in a community to prevent the virus from spreading. If you are showing symptoms of the flu virus, then you can get a prescription for Tamiflu, but you should check carefully that you do indeed have the flu and there aren’t any factors which could make using Tamiflu problematic.