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Medications for Influenza Prophylaxis

Other names: Flu Prevention

Measures taken to prevent a contagious viral infection of the nose, throat and lungs which often occurs in the winter.

Drugs used for Influenza Prophylaxis

The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

Drug name Rating Reviews Activity ? Rx/OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol
Tamiflu 3.1 8 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: oseltamivir systemic

Drug class: neuraminidase inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

influenza virus vaccine, inactivated 3.4 55 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: influenza virus vaccine, inactivated systemic

Brand names:  Fluzone High-Dose, Fluzone, Fluvirin, Afluria, Fluarix Quadrivalent, Fluad, Flucelvax Quadrivalent, Fluzone Quadrivalent, Fluarix, Fluzone High-Dose Quadrivalent, Flublok Quadrivalent, Afluria Quadrivalent, Flublok, Fluad Quadrivalent, FluLaval, Fluzone Preservative-Free Quadrivalent, Afluria Preservative-Free Quadrivalent, Fluarix Preservative-Free Quadrivalent, FluLaval Quadrivalent, Afluria Preservative-Free Pediatric Quadrivalent, Flucelvax Preservative-Free Quadrivalent, FluLaval Preservative-Free Quadrivalent, Fluzone Intradermal Quadrivalent, Fluzone Preservative-Free Pediatric Quadrivalent …show all

Drug class: viral vaccines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

amantadine Off-label Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: amantadine systemic

Drug class: adamantane antivirals, dopaminergic antiparkinsonism agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Off-label: Yes

Fluzone High-Dose 2.0 21 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: influenza virus vaccine, inactivated systemic

Drug class: viral vaccines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Fluzone 1.0 3 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: influenza virus vaccine, inactivated systemic

Drug class: viral vaccines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

oseltamivir 4.6 10 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: oseltamivir systemic

Brand name:  Tamiflu

Drug class: neuraminidase inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Fluvirin 9.5 2 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: influenza virus vaccine, inactivated systemic

Drug class: viral vaccines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Afluria Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: influenza virus vaccine, inactivated systemic

Drug class: viral vaccines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Fluarix Quadrivalent 5.0 3 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: influenza virus vaccine, inactivated systemic

Drug class: viral vaccines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Fluad 1.5 3 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: influenza virus vaccine, inactivated systemic

Drug class: viral vaccines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Flucelvax Quadrivalent 5.0 1 review
Rx C N

Generic name: influenza virus vaccine, inactivated systemic

Drug class: viral vaccines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Fluzone Quadrivalent 1.5 2 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: influenza virus vaccine, inactivated systemic

Drug class: viral vaccines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Fluarix Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: influenza virus vaccine, inactivated systemic

Drug class: viral vaccines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Fluzone High-Dose Quadrivalent Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: influenza virus vaccine, inactivated systemic

Drug class: viral vaccines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Flublok Quadrivalent 10 1 review
Rx C N

Generic name: influenza virus vaccine, inactivated systemic

Drug class: viral vaccines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Relenza Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: zanamivir systemic

Drug class: neuraminidase inhibitors, inhaled anti-infectives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Afluria Quadrivalent Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: influenza virus vaccine, inactivated systemic

Drug class: viral vaccines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Flublok 5.5 2 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: influenza virus vaccine, inactivated systemic

Drug class: viral vaccines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Flumadine Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: rimantadine systemic

Drug class: adamantane antivirals

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

influenza virus vaccine, live, trivalent 3.0 16 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: influenza virus vaccine, live, trivalent systemic

Brand names:  FluMist, FluMist Quadrivalent

Drug class: viral vaccines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph

Fluad Quadrivalent Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: influenza virus vaccine, inactivated systemic

Drug class: viral vaccines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

FluMist 3.1 15 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: influenza virus vaccine, live, trivalent systemic

Drug class: viral vaccines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

rimantadine Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: rimantadine systemic

Brand name:  Flumadine

Drug class: adamantane antivirals

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

FluLaval Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: influenza virus vaccine, inactivated systemic

Drug class: viral vaccines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Fluzone Preservative-Free Quadrivalent Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: influenza virus vaccine, inactivated systemic

Drug class: viral vaccines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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Rating For ratings, users were asked how effective they found the medicine while considering positive/adverse effects and ease of use (1 = not effective, 10 = most effective).
Activity Activity is based on recent site visitor activity relative to other medications in the list.
Rx Prescription only.
OTC Over-the-counter.
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over-the-counter.
Off-label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
EUA An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) allows the FDA to authorize unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products to be used in a declared public health emergency when there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives.
Pregnancy Category
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act (CSA) Schedule
M The drug has multiple schedules. The schedule may depend on the exact dosage form or strength of the medication.
U CSA Schedule is unknown.
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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