Antiviral Drugs: Treatments for Flu & Other Common Viruses


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Why is it difficult to treat viruses using drugs?

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1. Which of the following viruses is NOT typically treated with antiviral drugs?

2. How is the nucleoside analog, acyclovir, effective at treating cold sores and genital herpes?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Ribavirin and Acyclovir are both antiviral drugs typically prescribed by physicians to treat the herpes virus. This quiz and corresponding worksheet will test you on your understanding of antiviral treatment options.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this quiz to review:

  • Hijacking process of viruses
  • Effect of the nucleoside analog
  • The neuraminidase enzyme
  • Role of the drug Tamiflu
  • The role of interferons

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz combo will allow students to practice the following skills:

  • Information recall- access your knowledge of antiviral drugs
  • Knowledge application- use your knowledge to answer questions about viruses
  • Defining key concepts- ensure you can accurately define neuraminidase and interferons

Additional Learning

To learn more about treating viruses, review the accompanying lesson on Treatments with Antiviral Drugs. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define the molecules that block DNA and RNA synthesis
  • Identify the medications used to treat both herpes and hepatitis C
  • Name the commonly used drug that treats cold sores
  • Identify the two medications that stop the enzyme neuraminidase
  • Understand why the body creates Interferon Alpha
  • Identify the drug used to treat genital warts