Common Medications to Manage Flu

Also known as influenza, flu is a viral infection, commonly experienced by kids and adults alike. It is caused by the influenza virus that infects the nose, throat, and lungs. It usually lasts for five to eight days after symptoms begin to appear. The severity of the flu and the symptoms differ from person to person. Symptoms include headache, fever, fatigue, runny nose, cough, and congestion. In some cases, muscle aches, nausea, watery eyes, and chills are also observed.

Those in high-risk groups, including kids, older adults, those with immunosuppressant disorders and chronic diseases, and pregnant women may experience severe symptoms. Taking a flu shot before the flu season begins can be helpful. Usually, enough rest and hydration are sufficient to recover from the viral infection. Certain medications may also be prescribed by doctors to help the body fight the flu.

Tamiflu is an antiviral medication. It is prescribed by doctors for the treatment and prevention of flu caused by the influenza virus. Available in generic as well as branded versions, Tamiflu is usually in a dose pack of 10 capsules, each of 75mg. The average retail price of this flu medication is around $112. With a GoodRx Gold membership card, a discount of nearly 77% can be availed on the retail price for better savings.

Amantadine is an antiviral medication available in capsule form. They are available in packs of 30 capsules, each capsule of 100mg dosage. Amantadine needs to be taken under prescription from a physician. This is recommended for the treatment of flu, especially for influenza A flu. It is not effective for the treatment of flu caused by other viral infections. Furthermore, this medication does not work for the treatment of common cold. However, it is also prescribed for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease as well as other disorders related to motor and movement. The average retail price of this medication is about $39.11. You can avail a discount of up to 77% by using the GoodRx Gold membership card.

Relenza is available in the form of an inhaler. Each inhaler is of 5mg dosage. This medication is available only through prescription. Relenza belongs to the class of antiviral medication. It is effective for the treatment of flu caused by influenza A and B. Usually, two days after the flu symptoms start showing up, this medication instantly gives relief from fever, congestion, and weakness in about one to two days. Although the average retail price of Relenza is around $78, you can save up to 19% of the cost with your GoodRx Gold card.

Another antiviral medication, Flumadine is prescribed for the prevention and treatment of flu caused by influenza infection. This medication is recommended by doctors only for the treatment of type A influenza in adults as well as kids. Flumadine is prescribed alone for flu treatment and prevention. In some cases, this medication is also recommended with flu shots. A single pack of this medicine contains 90 tablets, 100mg dosage each. The retail price is around $267.77. However, with a GoodRx Gold membership card, discounts of up to 23% can be availed.

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