Swine Flu (cont.)
IN THIS ARTICLE
What Are Treatment Options for Swine Flu?
Laboratory testing has shown that the swine influenza strains are sensitive to three antiviral medicines that are used to treat human influenza. They are oseltamivir (Tamiflu), zanamivir (Relenza), and peramivir (Rapivab). Oseltamivir is given in pill form. Zanamivir is an inhaled medication, and Peramivir is given intravenously. All three medications require a prescription. The drugs should be given to people who appear to have swine influenza if they have chronic medical conditions that put them at risk for complications (see above) or if they are unusually ill. These drugs can be used for patients with either H1N1 or H3N2v infections. A few drug-resistant H1N1strains have been reported, but most swine flu strains remain sensitive. Older drugs like amantadine (Symmetrel) are not effective. Some physicians think that antiviral drugs are not effective.
Are There Home Remedies for Swine Flu?
People who are suspected of having novel H1N1 or H3N2v (swine) influenza should stay home from work and not go into the community, including attending school or going to work. The CDC recommends that people with influenza-like illness remain at home until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever.
Over-the-counter medicines like ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) may be used to reduce fever or aches. Aspirin or aspirin-containing products should not be given to children 18 years of age or younger, due to the risk of liver damage (Reye's syndrome). Always follow the package directions for any over-the-counter cold or flu remedy.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/17/2017
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE
Must Read Articles Related to Swine Flu
Patient Comments & Reviews
The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Swine Flu:
Swine Flu - Prevention and Concerns
Are you concerned about contracting swine flu? What prevention measures do you use to avoid getting swine flu?
Swine Flu - Symptoms
What symptoms did you experience with your swine flu infection?
Swine Flu - Treatment
What treatment did you receive for swine flu?