Treatment for Swine Flu

  • Antivirals: Oseltamivir and Zanamivir – are recommended for the treatment and prevention of the infection with swine flu virus
  • If a person gets sick, antiviral drugs, which work best if started within 2 days of getting symptoms, can make the illness milder as well as prevent serious flu complications, and hence, make the patient feel better faster
  • These drugs should not be used indiscriminately as viral resistance to them can occur
  • Severe infections in some patients may require additional supportive measures such as ventilation support and treatment of other infections/complications like pneumonia that can occur in patients with a severe flu infection
  • These medications must be prescribed by a health care professional

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