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Can antibiotics help treat swine flu?

Antibiotics do not treat swine flu. Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections, while swine flu is caused by the H1N1 virus. Antiviral medications -- not antibiotics -- can treat swine flu by slowing the virus's ability to reproduce in the body.

Swine flu (H1N1) and other types of influenza are caused by viruses, so antibiotics do not treat these illnesses. However, some of the complications of swine flu are bacterial, such as pneumonia. Antibiotics can be used to treat these complications.

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