Shorten the Duration of the Flu - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/14/03

Shorten the Duration of the Flu

Since I was out with the flu this week, you may be wondering if I was listening to my own voice when I was telling you to get a flu shot.

Well, I'm one of those people who can't get the shot. Believe me, if you can get it, you want the flu shot or Flumist if you prefer the nasal spray.

Here's where I made my mistake. Laying there in my misery, I forgot there is a medication you can take at the first onset of the symptoms to shorten the duration of the flu.

So, if these symptoms hit you:

  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Dry Cough
  • Body Aches
  • Fever
  • Stuffy Nose
  • Sore Throat

Then call your doctor as soon as possible and ask about Flumadine or Tamiflu. Here's the difference.

The Food and Drug Administration has approved Tamiflu for use in adults and teenagers 13 years and older, but Flumadine has been approved for use by adults and children who are one year of age and older.

One other option is the drug Amantadine. It's an older drug but still preferred in some patients.

Your doctor can help you decide which medicine is best for you. Remember, each prescription works best within the first 24 hours of the onset of symptoms but it can still help if you get it within 48 hours.

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