Don't Use Baloxavir to Treat Patients Hospitalized With the Flu

Baloxavir (Xofluza, zoh-FLOO-zuh) will be the first new oral antiviral for treating influenza in nearly 20 years.

Think of baloxavir as an alternative to oseltamivir (Tamiflu)...but with a new antiviral mechanism. Both baloxavir and oseltamivir reduce flu symptoms by about a day in otherwise healthy patients...if started within 48 hours of onset.

But baloxavir is ONE oral dose...compared to 5 days of BID oseltamivir. Baloxavir also seems to cause less nausea and vomiting.

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