Can it be used for strep throat
Oseltamivir is used in the treatment of influenza; influenza prophylaxis; swine flu; avian influenza and belongs to the drug class neuraminidase inhibitors.
Neuraminidase inhibitors are drugs that block the function of the viral neuraminidase protein. By blocking this protein enzyme it stops the release of viruses from the infected host cell and prevents new host cells from being infected. These antiviral agents inhibit all subtypes of neuraminidase enzymes, therefore are effective against influenza viruses A and B.
Unfortunately not, no. Oseltamivir is an antiviral medication used to treat essentially all strains or influenza (the flu). As mentioned above, it is a neuraminidase inhibitor or neuraminidase receptor blocker. Neuraminidase is an essential protein on the coat of influenza virus particles that helps the virus reproduce. Once the virus penetrates our cells and 'corrupts' and reprograms them to make copies of itself instead or our normal human proteins, the newly created influenza virus particles start to 'bud' themselves out of our infected cells. The final step to their reproduction is for the new influenza virus particles to use the neuraminidase protein to 'cut' themselves free of the infected cell so they can leave and enter the blood stream or respiratory system so they can infect more cells or be sneezed out on to other people to further reproduce. Lovely things... hey?
Unfortunately for you, strep throat is an infection of the throat caused by a group of bacteria called streptococcus. They don't use our cells to reproduce and don't use the neuraminidase protein in their reproduction cycle at all; they just like to use our body as a free ride and free house to rent, stealing our body warmth and our body's nutrients. Because they don't rely on the neuraminidase protein, a neuraminidase inhibitor like oseltamivir will have no effect on it.
Strep throat can be cleared by the body's immune system itself; however often we become quite sick in this process, so we are often prescribed an antibiotic to speed up the process. Most cases of strep throat are caused by a Group A Streptococcal bacteria, which are best treated by penicillin VK, aka benzylpenicillin (Cilicaine), amoxicillin (Amoxil) and cephalosporins such as cephalexin (Keflex) and cefuroxime (Zinnat).
I hope you're feeling better soon
- Oseltamivir Information for Consumers
- Oseltamivir Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Oseltamivir (detailed)
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