CURRENT ISSUES IN THE PHARMACOTHERAPY OF ACUTE RESPIRATORY VIRAL INFECTIONS


A.A. Zajcev, A.V. Vlasova

The first MSMU n.a. I.M. Sechenov, Moscow
This paper reviews the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of acute respiratory viral infections (ARVI). Today there are a number of challenging problems of ARVI pharmacotherapy. Firstly, an effective causative treatment is possible only for influenza infection. Secondly, diversity of clinical manifestations of ARVI (fever, headache, weakness, runny nose, cough, etc.) requires concurrent administration of multiple medications of different pharmacological groups. And finally, difficulties in differentiating viral and bacterial infections have led to excessive administration of antibacterial drugs thus giving rise to emergence and ongoing spread of antimicrobial-resistant pathogens. An attractive alternative for ARVI patient presenting with several symptoms is the use of combined drugs. The ability to simultaneously relieve multiple symptoms of viral infection has brought about extraordinary popularity of these drugs.

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About the Autors


A.A.Zaitsev – Doctor of Medical Sciences, SBEI HPE «First MSMU n.a. I.M. Sechenov» of RMPH, Moscow; tel. 8 (499) 263-10-47
A.V. Vlasova – PhD in Medical Sciences, SBEI HPE «First MSMU n.a. I.M. Sechenov» of RMPH, Moscow


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