Antiviral Drugs

Antiviral drugs are used to treat viral infections. Most antivirals, unlike antibiotics, do not kill the pathogen, instead, they inhibit their development. Some of the commonly used antiviral drugs are Zidovudine, Pyrimidine, and Acyclovir.

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Should I take Acyclovir medicine for asymptomatic HSV-1 IgG positive results?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 35 year old male. I weigh 68 Kg and my height 5'5". I am in a healthy status. History: No episodes of herpes except chickenpox in childhood. No infection of HIV - clinically tested every 6 months since last 7 years. I am straight and only 1 relationship with spouse. Both me and ...  Read Full »


Dr. Meha Malhotra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for providing all the details. I shall answer your questions one by one. 1. As you have mentioned that you do not have any symptoms at the moment, there is no need to take Acyclovir. 2. A repeat test can be done just for your reassurance. Chances of false positi...  Read Full »

Can bronchoscopy help in lung collapse caused due to pneumonia?

Query: Hi doctor, My uncle has been admitted to a hospital, after a week of high-grade fever along with a cough, which gradually increased. They took a chest x-ray and blood tests and confirmed that it is pneumonia, and my uncle was on O2. He was also suspected for swine flu, and we waited for the reports,...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshuman Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen all the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) This history seems to be of acute viral pneumonitis, probably due to a new unknown strain or H1N1. Sometimes, cultures may be negative while he can still harbor it. The CT scan is suggest...  Read Full »

Am I suffering from genital herpes?

Query: Hello doctor, It started with a burning pain during urination, which lasted two days with no other symptoms. The doctor said I had a UTI and advised me to drink plenty of fluids, which I did. Then two days after, there was a lump on my right labia. The painful urination has gone, but this lump on m...  Read Full »


Dr. Sanjay Kumar Bhattacharyya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all, there are no readily available blood tests for genital herpes, and most often, a clinical examination is enough to confirm it. This is a painful blister, and a possible cause is a genital herpes, with a previous history of urine infection for which ...  Read Full »

Do I have to terminate my pregnancy as I took steroids for herpes zoster infection?

Query: Hi doctor,I am being advised to terminate a desired pregnancy because of the medication I have been prescribed to tackle a virus that I got just after becoming pregnant. I am looking for a second medical opinion on whether termination is necessary. I would like to understand the risks to the fetus o...  Read Full »


Dr. Vidya Muralidhar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The increased exposure to corticosteroid can cross the placental barrier and cause adrenal suppression in the fetus. This can lead to salt wasting, electrolyte imbalances, and even poor development of the fetus. The organs can also have improper developed and ...  Read Full »

I got chickenpox when I was a kid, but I got it again now. What medications should I use?

Query: Hello doctor, I got chickenpox when I was a kid, but I got it again now. I have been using Calamine lotion for rashes and antihistamines for itchiness. Could you suggest me some medications for it? What kind of medications will I have to take, and for how many days? Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. First of all, I would like to ask you if you are sure it is chickenpox because you get chickenpox only once in your life. If you had chickenpox in childhood, it is less likely that it is chickenpox again. Mayb...  Read Full »

I got infected with HSV-1 a few days back. Will it affect daily lifestyle in future?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with HSV-1 four months back, HSV IgG was positive, and IgM was negative. I am a healthy person, and if I keep myself away from HIV, will I still have HSV outbreaks after 60 years of age? HIV is the only known immunocompromised state. Will a cold, flu, thyroid, diabete...  Read Full »


Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If you are not immunosuppressed, then HSV (herpes simplex virus) outbreaks will not increase at 60 years or later. General ill health can cause an outbreak, but thyroid disorders, diabetes, flu, and cold will not cause an outbreak. Sore outbreaks at any time without any ...  Read Full »

Is a blood oxygen level of 92 percent normal?

Query: Hello doctor, I have difficulty in breathing, and my oxygen level is 92 percent.  Read Full »


Dr. N. Ashok Viswanath

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is better to start with a steroid if SpO2 goes less than 90%. For now, we will start with anti-inflammatory, multivitamin, and antiviral drugs. 1. Tablet Combiflam (Ibuprofen + Paracetamol) 1 tablet in the morning, afternoon, and night (after food). 2. Tablet Li...  Read Full »

Does intake of Hepcivir L cause any cardiac side effects?

Query: Hi doctor, Is tablet Hepcivir L effective for HCV positive patient? Is that safe for a heart patient?  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Patodiya

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Cardiac side effect chance is not significant. Drug trial does not mention the cardiac side effect of this drug (Hepcivir L - a combination of Sofosbuvir and Ledipasvir). It means any cardiac side effect is likely to be less than 1% and cannot be attributed to this drug....  Read Full »

How to confirm whether my genital ulcer is due to syphilis or herpes?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a genital ulcer for many days, and I do not know what is going on. I am a medical student and thinking about two causes, genital herpes or syphilis. I had an STD test for both and took treatment for this. Personally, it reminds me of herpes, and I have started taking Valacyclov...  Read Full »


Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There are many differential diagnoses of genital ulcer-like herpes genitalis, primary chancre, beaches, chancroid, gonorrhea, STI, etc. Have you done VRDL, TPHA, FTA-Abs tests? If the tests come reactive or positive, take tablet Doxycycline 100 mg twice daily aft...  Read Full »

Will herpes zoster infection have a possibility to get progressed to PHN?

Query: Hi doctor, this consultation is for my mother. She has been having skin rashes for around 20 days now. Her rash first started on her back, then spread to stomach. Her physician diagnosed that it is herpes zoster. We also did an Antibody blood test for Varicella Zoster Virus and it came out positive...  Read Full »


Dr. Pathave Hari Shivaram

Answer: Hii... Welcome to ICliniq... Thank you for providing information. It is Herpes Zoster; reports showing IgG increased but IgM negative indicates active infection is subsided but the nerve damaged is still there so pain is persisting. This pain is called Zoster associated pain; sometime it goes to P...  Read Full »

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