‘New’ flu drug is not for you
I was in the store the other day and saw Halloween decorations already for sale.
Can you believe that? It’s still August for crying out loud!
Halloween isn’t the only thing coming early this year. There’s something even spookier approaching… and that’s the annual fear-fest known as “flu season.”
The FDA is getting an early start with its own version of a Halloween sale: The agency just approved a new and cheaper version of oseltamivir, a.k.a. Tamiflu.
And that ought to give you more chills than whatever awful horror flick is coming to the box office this fall – because this isn’t a drug that needs to be expanded to more patients.
It’s a med that needs to be pulled off the market completely!
This drug is so bad – and backed by so little science – that any doc still prescribing it ought to be ashamed of himself.
As you’ve read right here in House Calls, the drug does almost nothing for most patients, reducing the duration of flu symptoms by less than a day on average.
It doesn’t cut the risk of complications or hospitalization, either.
I’d call it a “do nothing” drug except it doesn’t exactly do nothing.
It can do plenty – just not anything you want! The side effects of this drug can leave you battling headache, nausea, and vomiting – and that can make the flu look like fun.
Even worse, the drug has been linked to psychiatric disorders and even kidney problems.
You don’t need Tamiflu, whether it’s the real deal or the cheap new generic. If you happen to get sick, there are three steps you can take – and any single one of them is better than Tamiflu.
First, take between 2,000 mg and 3,000 mg daily of the supplement NAC for up to a week, which can reduce the duration and severity of flu (and if you’re not sick, 600 mg per day can cut your risk of getting flu in the first place).
Second, intravenous vitamin C can turbocharge your immune system to help beat the flu.
And third, a blend of elderberry and Echinacea has proven to be about as effective as Tamiflu but without the risks. Since it’s effective at fighting viruses in general, this dynamic duo can also help punch out the common cold.
You can buy these two separately, but they are also available together in immune-boosting blends in both capsules and as a syrup. Search online or ask at your favorite vitamin shop.
Buy some today so it’s readily available this fall and winter if anyone in your home should get sick.