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The Flu Stinks, But the Shot Is a Good Idea

In early September, while picking up a prescription refill at my local pharmacy, I noticed signs all over the store that flu shots were available and could be given without an appointment. Although the weather was still hot outside and flu season seemed many months away, I decided to get…

Is New Flu Drug Xofluza Worth Taking?

With flu season just around the corner, the FDA’s approval last week of the first new antiviral flu drug in almost 20 years, Xofluza, made major headlines. Xofluza (baloxavir) can ease symptoms and reduce the time you are sick by just a little over a day. A study found that…

Quick Hits: Unapproved Flu Meds, Birth Control Device Concerns & More

The FDA is advising consumers to take precautions when considering drugs that claim to prevent, treat or cure the flu because it may be an unapproved medication. This brutal flu season has sparked concerns regarding the possibility of consumers purchasing unapproved or fake flu medications that may be found online…

Getting the Flu Boosts Risk of Heart Attack

As if a fierce flu season wasn’t bad enough, a new study has found that the virus can increase your risk of having a heart attack. Researchers from Canada discovered that people are 6 times more likely to have a heart attack just 1 week after being diagnosed with the…

Tamiflu Linked to Bizarre Behavior, Changes to Rx Cold Meds With Codeine & More

A 6-year-old girl from Northern Texas tried jumping out of a window after taking the popular flu prevention medication Tamiflu. After taking the drug, the girl experienced hallucinations, ran away from school and attempted to jump out of a second-story window. Following the alarming incident, a doctor informed the girl’s…

I Have the Flu or Flu-Like Symptoms. What Should I Take?

If you’ve noticed a lot of your coworkers or friends are sick with flu-like symptoms, you’re not alone. The CDC recently confirmed that a good portion of the the country is in the midst of “widespread and intense flu activity.” How bad is it? During the first week of January,…

A Flu Med with Meager Benefits

The FDA has just okayed an IV flu treatment for children as young as 2 years old. In adults, it shortens flu by a few hours. But what are the side effects? With the flu season threatening, the FDA has just approved an IV treatment for the flu for children…

Tamiflu

Overview Tamiflu, also known as oseltamivir, is an antiviral medication used to treat symptoms caused by the flu virus (influenza). It works by making the symptoms (such as stuffy nose, cough, sore throat, fever, aches and pains, and tiredness) less severe. Tamiflu is used to treat influenza in people 2…

5 Alternative Treatments for Colds and Flu: Do They Work?

Echinacea, vitamin c, zinc tablets, garlic and neti pots are all considered treatments for flu symptoms. But which ones do the best job? When we start to feel sniffly, achy or feverish, it’s tempting to reach for supplements like echinacea and vitamin C, or other home remedies like nasal irrigation,…

ACHOO! MEDSHADOW IDENTIFIES COMMON RISKS OF COLD AND FLU REMEDIES

Nonprofit educates the public about the side effects of medication, encourages the public to weigh risks and benefits first NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 2, 2015 – MedShadow, a nonprofit advocacy website that educates consumers on the side effects of medication, has expanded its coverage of the side effects of…