About OscillococcinumOscillococcinum temporarily relieves flu-like symptoms such as fatigue, headache, body aches, chills and fever. The active ingredient is anas barbariae hepatis et cordis extractum 200CK HPUS (The HPUS indicates that the active ingredient is officially included in the Homeopathic Pharmacopcoeia of the United States.) The inactive ingredients are lactose and sucrose. The product comes in small tubes, with each tube holding one dose. To use, adults and children ages 2 years and older, dissolve contents from one entire tube in the mouth, every 6 hours, up to 3 times a day. Oscillococcinum works best when taken at the first sign of flu-like symptoms. Clinical studies have shown Oscillococcinum to help reduce both the duration and severity of flu-like symptoms. There are no side effects, such as drowsiness; no risk of overdose, and no drug interactions. While it is safe for everyone over age 2, there is also a child's version available. The sweet-tasting pellets melt away easily with no water, chewing or swallowing necessary.
As a precaution- stop using and contact a doctor, if your symptoms last longer than 3 days or worsen. Also, if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, ask a health professional before using. As with all health products, keep out of reach of children.
My thoughts on OscillococcinumI recently had a pretty severe head cold, with some flu-like symptoms, but no fever. I decided it was as good a time as ever to see how well Oscillococcinum would work. Although I love the idea of homeopathic medications, I approach each one skeptically. I have yet to find one that has not worked as promised. The same goes for Oscillococcinum. My headache and minor body aches cleared up pretty quickly, even quicker than with traditional medications. I did not feel over medicated or groggy. I found the pellets to be almost a treat to take. They really do melt quickly and taste slightly sweet, with no funky flavor or aftertaste. I also like the cute little vials, but wish I could I figure out a cute craft or something to make with them.
I recommend Oscillococcinum to anyone who is interested in using homeopathic treatments for cold and flu-like symptoms.