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Can I Treat the Flu With Over-the-Counter Medications?

Elizabeth Locklear, Pharmacist

Rocky Point Pavilion Pharmacy

Rocky Point, North Carolina

The quick answer to this question is no. The flu is a virus; therefore, the only way to treat the flu is with prescription antiviral medications. However, you can treat the symptoms of the flu with over-the-counter medications. Common symptoms of the flu are fever, aching muscles, chills and sweats, headache, fatigue and weakness. Most of these symptoms can be treated with over-the-counter medications, rest and a little TLC! With all of this being said, the best way to treat the flu is to prevent the flu! The number one way to prevent the flu is by getting an annual flu shot and proper hand washing.

The views and opinions expressed above are those of the author and do not necessarily represent that of AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation. The content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, prescribe or treat any health condition and should not be used as a substitute for consulting with your health professional.

September 1, 2020



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