Flu and flu-like illness
Below is a link to excellent information about this illness, which makes you feel so unwell. However, the following information clarifies some points within the leaflet:
Doses of medication
Children over 12 yr and Adults
2 X 500 mg tablets four times daily
**Please read the packet of other cold and flu remedies to check there contents and ensure
you do not exceed a maximum 24 hour dose of paracetamol**
Note that the most effective ingredient in many “flu remedies” is the paracetamol and buying it on its own from a chemist (or elsewhere) is usually much cheaper than combination medications.
Up to 3 X 300 mg tablets four times daily
Do not mix Aspirin with other medicines such as Ibuprofen, Nurofen, Diclofenac, Voltarol – if in doubt discuss with a pharmacist.
Certain groups such as those with Asthma, Bowel Disease, Stomach Ulcers/Acid Problems or Kidney disease may be advised not to take this medication and should discuss it with a pharmacist or doctor.
Up to 400 mg three times daily
Same as for aspirin
Children under 12 yr
Is licensed from birth and can bought over the counter for children.
The box gives clear guidance on doses dependant on the strength of preparation you buy.
Not advised below 12 years.
Ibuprofen is licensed from 3 months and dosing details from box or pharmacist.
Antibiotic use in flu-like illnesses
Influenza and associated illnesses are caused by viruses. This means that antibiotics have no effect on the flu illness itself.
Uncommonly an individual may get a secondary infection with a bacterium that requires antibiotics. However, the majority of people require no specific treatment beyond the above for symptom-relief.
Consult your local practice
You should consult you doctor if you feel you are disproportionately unwell, deteriorating fast or in a high risk group as detailed in the following link
FULL INFORMATION HERE: http://www.patient.co.uk/showdoc/23068739/