Treatments and drugs

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Medications

While no specific treatment exists for most viral hemorrhagic fevers, the antiviral drug ribavirin (Rebetol,Virazole, others) may help shorten the course of some infections and prevent complications in some cases.

Therapy

Supportive care is essential. To prevent dehydration, you may need fluids to help maintain your balance of electrolytes — minerals that are critical to nerve and muscle function.

Surgical and other procedures

Some people may benefit from kidney dialysis, an artificial way of removing wastes from your blood when your kidneys fail.

Mar. 05, 2013