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Fall is the beginning of the flu season, and considering that last year was one of the worst flu seasons ever, it's really not something you want to deal with.
This could help: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first flu medication for more than 20 years: Xofluza.
What is Xofluza?
"Xofluza is a once-in-a-day anti-viral flu treatment that can cure flu symptoms within 48 hours." Dr. Elisabeth Farnum, Associate Medical Director of Doctor On Demand, said, "Xofluza prevents the virus from multiplying in the body, shortening the course of the virus and reducing the intensity of the flu," says Dr. Dr. Farnum.
How does it compare with other antiviral flu medications available on the market?
You've probably heard of these other drugs in the world market: Tamiflu, Relenza and Rapivab, all of which work by treating flu symptoms within two days of the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Both have disadvantages. Tamiflu (in tablet form or in liquid form) must be taken twice a day for five days. Relenza is a powder that has to be inhaled twice daily for five days and is not recommended for people with respiratory problems such as asthma. And Rapivab is a single dose given intravenously every 1
Xofluza is a single-dose drug – that was it's. And it could happen faster than the other antivirals, Dr. Farnum.
There are a few negatives.
"There are also some studies that suggest that resistance to Xofluza may be somewhat easier to develop over time, while there is no significant resistance to Tamiflu," says Drs. Farnum.
And it can cost a pretty penny. "Xofluza will probably cost about $ 150 – and because it's so new, it can not yet be covered by insurance," says Dr. Farnum. "Tamiflu is generic, mostly insured, and ranges from $ 50 (with coupons) to $ 130."
Should you take it?
The key to take away Xofluza is that it is a treatment not a preventive drug . Although the flu shot can be a burden, it is still the best way to avoid the flu. (Do not hate shots, no excuse, there is a needle-free version called FluMist.) Conclusion: Xofluza is not a substitute for a flu shot, but it's worth talking to your doctor if you're getting flu despite your flu ,