What is the best medicine for the flu?


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WebMD recommends a flu vaccine as the most effective treatment against the flu, along with a variety of antiviral flu medications such as Tamiflu and Relenza. Other medications may be used in conjunction with these antiviral medications to alleviate pain associated with the flu.

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Tamiflu and Relenza are two of four total antiviral medications approved in the United States to prevent and treat the flu as of 2014, according to WebMD. The two older medications are no longer prescribed because flu strains have built a resistance to them. However, no antiviral medications are considered as effective as a flu vaccine. Any medicinal treatment of the flu should be taken alongside rest, plenty of fluid intake and ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain and fever relief.

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