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What is flu (influenza)?

Flu (influenza) is a common infectious viral illness, which spreads through coughing and sneezing.

You may get flu any time of the year, but more commonly, in the winter season; hence, it is also known as seasonal flu. Influenza is caused by RNA viruses, which infect the respiratory tract. Compared to other viral infections like common cold, influenza virus can cause severe illness with a mortality rate of 0.1%. Most often, influenza resolves in about a week or 10 days.

Children under 5 years of age and adults over 65 years of age are at a higher risk of getting infected with the influenza virus. Pregnant women, individuals with weak immunity, those working at a health care centre, and individuals suffering from chronic respiratory illness are also at greater risk of influenza infection.

What are its main signs and symptoms?

Initially, flu may feel like any other common cold. Common symptoms maybe a sore throat, runny nose, and sneezing. The major difference between cold and flu is that the flu develops rapidly unlike cold. The symptoms usually develop within 1 to 3 days following infection and usually people feel better within a week.

The symptoms of flu are listed below:

What are the main causes?

Influenza virus causes flu and is of three types- influenza A, B, and C. Types A and B cause severe infection of the respiratory tract often leading to epidemic-like condition with higher death rate compared to type C.

The virus is transmitted from an infected person either through sneezing, coughing or talking. Sometimes, you may directly inhale the infected droplets or get infected from touching the surfaces contaminated by the virus. Infected individuals are highly contagious even before symptoms begin- first five days before the first symptom appears.

The influenza virus undergoes constant change over time i.e. they undergo mutation. This makes you prone to viral infections throughout your life.

How is it diagnosed and treated?

You should rest at home and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. You should also visit the doctor for a check-up. Your doctor may collect your respiratory samples to test for polymerase chain reaction (PCR), rapid antigen test or immunofluorescence assay.

Then, your doctor will prescribe you with antiviral medication. These antiviral medications have few side effects like nausea and vomiting.

Symptomatic treatment is also prescribed to reduce fever and reduce discomfort with the help of antipyretics and anti-inflammatory drugs. In case of infants, breastfeeding frequency should be increased to maintain the hydration level of the baby.

  1. Medicines for Flu (Influenza)
  2. Doctors for Flu (Influenza)
Dr. Yogesh Parmar

Dr. Yogesh Parmar

कान, नाक और गले सम्बन्धी विकारों का विज्ञान

Dr. Vijay Pawar

Dr. Vijay Pawar

कान, नाक और गले सम्बन्धी विकारों का विज्ञान

Dr. Ankita Singh

Dr. Ankita Singh

कान, नाक और गले सम्बन्धी विकारों का विज्ञान

Medicines for Flu (Influenza)

Medicines listed below are available for Flu (Influenza). Please note that you should not take any medicines without doctor consultation. Taking any medicine without doctor's consultation can cause serious problems.

Medicine NamePack SizePrice (Rs.)
AlidexAlidex 2 Mg Tablet12.0
AllerminAllermin 4 Mg Tablet35.0
BioflaxacinBioflaxacin Tablet10.0
CadistinCadistin 4 Mg Tablet41.0
Hista 12Hista 12 Tablet16.0
Histanil (Troikka)Histanil Syrup31.0
OptizincOptizinc Eye Drops40.0
Piriton UPiriton U 2 Mg/5 Ml Syrup38.0
RidylRidyl Tablet13.0
Topex CdTopex Cd Syrup79.0
Alcorid PAlcorid P 100 Ml Suspension62.0
Ingahist (Inga)Ingahist 4 Mg Tablet28.0
PiritonPiriton 2.5 Mg/125 Mg/55 Mg Expectorant64.0
PolaraminePolaramine 0.5 Mg/5 Ml Syrup20.0
Cpm (Kim)Cpm Injection5.0
Daslin PDaslin P Liquid17.0
SolvinSolvin 30 Mg/4 Mg Tablet42.0
FluarixFluarix 0.5 Ml Injection548.0
InflugenInflugen 0.5 Ml Injection720.0
VaxigripVaxigrip 0.5 Ml Prefilled Syringe885.0
Influenza VaccineInfluenza Vaccine738.68
InfluvacInfluvac 2008/2009 Injection810.0
LupienzaLupienza Vaccine720.0
NasovacNasovac Injection239.17
Vaxiflu SVaxiflu S Injection300.0
ZuvifluZuviflu Pfs Vaccine760.0
NatfluNatflu 75 Mg Capsule457.15
AntifluAntiflu 12 Mg Syrup475.0
FluhaltFluhalt 75 Mg Capsule461.53
FluvirFluvir 30 Mg Dry Syrup520.0
AmantrelAmantrel 100 Mg Capsule138.5
ParkitidinParkitidin 100 Mg Tablet94.0
Virenza (With Revolizer)Virenza 5 Mg Rotacap767.25
ActicoldActicold 500 Mg/60 Mg/4 Mg Tablet49.0
ActicratActicrat Tablet19.05
Acticuf CdActicuf Cd 2 Mg/10 Mg Syrup0.0
SoothexSoothex 2 Mg/30 Mg Liquid0.0
Altime CfAltime Cf Syrup0.0
BiorexBiorex 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup0.0
Chupp CChupp C 10 Mg/4 Mg Syrup0.0
C KofC Kof 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup0.0
C KoffC Koff Syrup0.0
CodeliteCodelite 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup0.0
CodexCodex 4 Mg/10 Mg Expectorant0.0
CodiconCodicon 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup0.0
CodimarcCodimarc 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup0.0
CodistarCodistar 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup0.0
CodylCodyl 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup0.0
CodziCodzi 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup0.0
CofstayCofstay Syrup0.0
Comtus DxComtus Dx 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup0.0
Comtus LinctusComtus Linctus 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup0.0
ConarilConaril 200 Mg/80 Mg Syrup0.0
CophedrinCophedrin 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup0.0
CoscodinCoscodin 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup0.0
Cosome LcdCosome Lcd 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup0.0
CosydrylCosydryl 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup0.0
Co TerexCo Terex Syrup0.0
CufexCufex 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup0.0
Daslin CdDaslin Cd 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup0.0
DicodylDicodyl 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup0.0
Elu CdElu Cd 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup0.0
EphrilimeEphrilime 7.5 Mg/2 Mg Syrup0.0
ExiplonExiplon 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup0.0
GlucorexGlucorex 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup0.0
Grilinctus CdGrilinctus Cd 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup0.0
KodexKodex 5 Mg/10 Mg Syrup0.0
KodinKodin 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup0.0
Kufril CKufril C 10 Mg/4 Mg Syrup0.0
Linctus Codeinae CoLinctus Codeinae Co 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup0.0
Mit S CodeineMit S Codeine 4 Mg/5 Mg Syrup0.0
Mits Linctus CodeinaeMits Linctus Codeinae 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup0.0
NyquilNyquil Cough Syrup0.0
Pencolin CPencolin C Liquid0.0
PhencodinPhencodin 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup0.0
PhensedylPhensedyl 4 Mg/10 Mg Expectorant0.0
Phensicod CoughPhensicod Cough Syrup0.0
RedoRedo 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup0.0
SilenserSilenser 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup0.0
SupkofSupkof 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup0.0
Xenocof DXenocof D 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup0.0
Xpect CXpect C 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup0.0
Ascodex CAscodex C 10 Mg/4 Mg Syrup28.57
BronosolBronosol 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup51.53
CadicoffCadicoff Lozenges64.0
CadistarCadistar Syrup43.35
CarionCarion 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup90.0
Codectuss GrCodectuss Gr Syrup48.12
CodectussCodectuss 4 Mg/100 Mg Syrup35.62
CodineCodine 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup51.77
CodinirCodinir 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup37.5
CodirexCodirex Syrup64.06
CodorexCodorex 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup76.65
CodoricCodoric 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup71.22
CodrilCodril Syrup68.58
CoffwinCoffwin 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup16.6
Cozin ForteCozin Forte 4 Mg/30 Mg Tablet77.0
CozinCozin 4 Mg/10 Mg Liquid57.51
Dialex DcDialex Dc 10 Mg/4 Mg Liquid77.0
ElcodinElcodin Syrup41.25
Elderyl CElderyl C 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup50.0
Eltuss CEltuss C 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup55.0
Ephedrex CdEphedrex Cd Syrup56.35
ExtrentExtrent Syrup45.0
FaringodylFaringodyl 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup58.3
GemkofGemkof 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup69.9
GenosedylGenosedyl Syrup73.85
Glycodin PlusGlycodin Plus Syrup56.5
Indikof CIndikof C Syrup61.5
InstacodinInstacodin 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup81.0
Kofzero DcKofzero Dc Syrup30.8
LeerexLeerex Syrup75.0
NormoventNormovent Syrup69.0
Parvo CofParvo Cof Syrup65.32
PhenkuffPhenkuff 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup65.0
Phensedyl CoughPhensedyl Cough Linctus116.0
RancofRancof 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup82.5
RecodexRecodex 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup20.41
Respinex CdRespinex Cd 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup26.0
RexcodRexcod Syrup61.91
RexcofRexcof 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup41.25
Rexcof Dx SyrupRexcof Dx Syrup70.0
RextasRextas 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup79.0
Sothrex CSothrex C Syrup31.62
Thiokof CdThiokof Cd 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup64.87
TossexTossex 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup99.8
Trustyl CdTrustyl Cd 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup73.5
WocodexWocodex 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup39.81
Xepin CoughXepin Cough 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup61.25
ZepdylZepdyl 4 Mg/10 Mg Syrup75.23
ColdactColdact Capsule38.0
ColdsolColdsol Drops36.5
CozyminCozymin 125 Mg/2.5 Mg/1 Mg Drop36.0
RhinorylRhinoryl 125 Mg/15 Mg/1 Mg Syrup36.0
Scormin PScormin P 125 Mg/2.5 Mg/1 Mg Syrup30.25
KofcoldKofcold Tablet15.83
RancoldRancold 500 Mg/60 Mg/5 Mg Tablet11.0
RecozyRecozy Syrup23.8
RelcoldRelcold Syrup30.0
Seumol PlusSeumol Plus 125 Mg/15 Mg/1 Mg Syrup27.76
SudarestSudarest Syrup30.0
SynacoldSynacold Drops30.47
Aekil ColdAekil Cold Tablet15.37
LaryLary Tablet26.0
M Cold PlusM Cold Plus 125 Mg/12.5 Mg/1 G Syrup12.38
Toff PlusToff Plus Capsule69.95
ApihistApihist Tablet0.0
B HoldB Hold Tablet0.0
ColdguardColdguard Tablet0.0
Decold ( Que Pharma)Decold Tablet0.0
DeconginDecongin Tablet0.0
FluridFlurid Tablet0.0
RemcoldRemcold Tablet20.75
Rupar Cold TabletRupar Cold Tablet0.0
SinarestSinarest Tablet0.0
SolidoseSolidose Tablet0.0
SynarcinSynarcin Tablet0.0
TerexTerex Tablet0.0
Alex ColdAlex Cold Tablet41.5
AlmoletAlmolet Tablet6.0
AnadeconAnadecon Tablet16.83
Anti CcAnti Cc 125 Mg/30 Mg/2 Mg Drop39.65
AzirestAzirest Tablet31.0
ColdarestColdarest Syrup26.1
Colgin PlusColgin Plus Tablet33.0
ColginColgin Tablet19.18
ColpepColpep Drop44.0
CozitusCozitus Tablet23.75
Cozy Plus TabletCozy Plus Tablet29.95
Cr ColdCr Cold Tablet46.71
Diominic DcaDiominic Dca Tablet26.56
FebrihistFebrihist Tablet14.15
HistarineHistarine 1 Mg/125 Mg/2.5 Mg Syrup49.95
Instaryl ColdInstaryl Cold Syrup26.92
Koltus P TabletKoltus P Tablet25.5
MaxacoldMaxacold Tablet13.32
NasorylNasoryl Tablet15.31
NesorylNesoryl Tablet17.5
NezaNeza Tablet21.1
Rinostat PlusRinostat Plus Tablet23.8
SinurhonSinurhon Tablet335.67
SnizofSnizof Tablet17.6
Terpect ColdTerpect Cold Tablet22.0
Wincold CzWincold Cz Tablet27.0
Xykaa PlusXykaa Plus Tablet25.0
YashcoldYashcold Tablet28.6
ZocoldZocold Suspension38.75
AgicoldAgicold Tablet0.0
Correctal PlusCorrectal Plus Tablet0.0
RinofastRinofast Tablet0.0
Cz PlusCz Plus Tablet24.0
Laveta ColdLaveta Cold Tablet38.5
Encet D PlusEncet D Plus Tablet37.5
ChildrylChildryl Cream47.0
Rekof CcRekof Cc Tablet0.0
BrexBrex Expectorant120.0
Dr. Reckeweg Aconite Nap DilutionAconite Nap Dilution 1 M155.0
ADEL Aconite Nap DilutionAconitum Napellus Dilution 1 M155.0
Schwabe Aconitum PentarkanAconitum Pentarkan Tablet140.0
Adel 1Adel1 Apo Dolor Drop215.0
ADEL 56Adel 56 Habifac Drop215.0
ADEL 7Adel 7 Apo Tuss Drop215.0
Schwabe Alpha-CFAlpha Cf Tablet93.0
Schwabe Alpha-RCAlpha Rc Tablet186.0
ADEL Baptisia DilutionBaptisia Tinctoria Dilution 1 M155.0
Dr. Reckeweg Baptisia Tinc DilutionBaptisia Tinctoria Dilution 1 M155.0
ADEL Eupatorium Perf DilutionEupatorium Perfoliatum Dilution 1 M155.0
Dr. Reckeweg Eupatorium Perf DilutionEupatorium Perfoliatum Mother Tincture Q230.0
Dr. Reckeweg Gelsemium DilutionGelsemium Dilution 1 M155.0
ADEL Gelsemium Mother Tincture QGelsemium Sempervirens Dilution 1 M155.0
Dr. Reckeweg Kali iod DilutionKali Iodatum Dilution 1 M155.0
ADEL Kali Iod DilutionKalium Iodatum Dilution 1 M155.0
ADEL Nat Salicy DilutionNatrum Salicylicum Dilution 1 M155.0
Dr. Reckeweg Natrum Salicy DilutionNatrum Salicylicum Dilution 1 M155.0
Mama Natura NisikindNisikind Globules180.0
Omeo Arthritis SyrupOmeo Arthritis Sugar Free Syrup79.0
Omeo Flu TabletsOmeo Flu Tablet109.0
Omeo k-Stone SyrupOmeo K Stone Syrup49.0
SBL Orthomuv SyrupOrthomuv Sugar Free Syrup120.0
Dr. Reckeweg R12Reckeweg R12 Calcification Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R16Reckeweg R16 Migraine And Headache Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R2Reckeweg R2 Essentia Aurea Gold Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R35Reckeweg R35 Teething Aches Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R4Reckeweg R4 Diarrhoea Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R6Reckeweg R6 Influenza Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R70Reckeweg R70 Neuralgia Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R71Reckeweg R71 Sciatica Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R76Reckeweg R76 Asthma Forte Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R78Reckeweg R78 Eye Care Drops For Drinking200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R81Reckeweg R81 Analgesic Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R85Reckeweg R85 High Blood Pressure Drop230.0
Cofton SyrupCofton Syrup

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