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Cold vs. Flu

The common cold and the flu (influenza) are caused by different types of viruses. Rhinovirus is the most common cause of a cold. Influenza virus causes the flu. Symptoms of a common cold differ from symptoms the flu. Fever is rare with a common cold. Fever is common with the flu. Headaches, muscle pain, weakness and fatigue are also rare or mild with a common cold. However, these symptoms are common or severe with the flu. A runny nose, stuffy nose, sneezing or a sore throat are common with a cold. However, these symptoms are less common with the flu. A dry hacking cough is a main symptom of the flu.

Unfortunately, no vaccine or medicines can prevent the common cold or reduce its duration. But over-the-counter medicines such as decongestants, antihistamines and pain relievers can help relieve symptoms of both the cold and the flu. The best way to avoid getting the flu is to have a flu shot, which is up to 90 percent effective in preventing the flu. The most common treatments for the flu are rest, drinking plenty of fluids, and over-the-counter medications.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved four prescription drugs for treatment of the flu: Flumadine (generic name rimantadine), Symmetrel (amantadine), Relenza (zanamivir), and Tamiflu (oseltamivir). These drugs may reduce the duration of the flu by about one day, and may prevent the spread of infection. However to be effective, these drugs must be taken within the first 48 hours after you begin having flu symptoms. They require strict dosing regimens, may cause side effects, and will not prevent flu complications such as pneumonia or bronchitis.


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Tamiflu is a prescription antiviral drug for treating and preventing the flu virus in adults and children age one and older who have had symptoms for no more than 2 days. Tamiflu is also used for preventing the flu in patients age 13 and over who must be in close contact with someone who has the flu.

The generic name of Tamiflu is oseltamivir. Right now, there are no reported drug interactions with Tamiflu. Although people generally tolerate the drug well, side effects can include nausea and vomiting. Consult your physician to learn if Tamiflu is right for you. The FDA recommends people taking Tamiflu should be monitored closely for unusual behavior, especially in children. More info...


Relenza is a prescription drug used to treat the flu virus in adults and children 12 years and older. Relenza is a powder inhaled through the mouth using a plastic device. The generic name for Relenza is zanamivir. Most people tolerate it well. Uncommon side effects include bronchitis, cough, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and headache.

Infrequently, Relenza may cause difficulty breathing. This side effect is more likely in people with asthma, emphysema, or chronic bronchitis, but also has been reported by people who don't have these conditions. In most cases, people with lung disease should avoid using Relenza.

The recommended Relenza dose is twice a day for five days. You must start therapy during the first two days you have flu symptoms. Complete the entire five-day course of therapy, even if you feel better sooner. Relenza doesn't keep you from spreading the flu to others. Currently, there are no reported drug interactions with Relenza. As with any medication, before using, consult your physician. More info...

Don Colbert MD

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