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Boiron Oscillococcinum Also known as Oscillo
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Boiron Oscillococcinum Also known as Oscillo for
Influenza Treatment &
SYMPTOMS OF FLU
Fever, Chills, Body Aches and Pains
Boiron Oscillococcinum (A.K.A. Oscillo)

Contents

   
 

Oscillococcinum
(Also known as: Oscillo)

 
  Boiron Oscillococcinum (Oscillo)  
 

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Introduction:

Each year, millions of people contract influenza and flu-like infections in the United States, resulting in over 200,000 hospitalizations and approximately 20,000 deaths.  Most recover from these illnesses in about one to two weeks; however, the elderly and people with chronic health conditions often develop serious complications.  There are three common therapeutic approaches used to counter this:

  • Vaccines: formulated in an attempt to match the current year's viral antigenic shift.

  • Antiviral drugs: used to interfere with viral replication and propagation.

  • Symptomatic drugs: are the most common form of treatment, which are mostly fever reducers along with drugs that help ease the aches and pains.

Oscillococcinum by Boiron (Oscillo)

Oscillococcinum® (O-SILL-O-COX-SEE-NUM) is the number one flu medicine of France, is becoming increasingly popular in the United States.  This homeopathic medicine has been shown in clinical studies to decrease the duration and intensity of flu symptoms.  Because of it's safety, Oscillo is a good first line defense in treating the flu.

 

Other Effective Homeopathic Medicine for Treating the Flu

The following table compares and contrasts the common therapeutic approaches with Oscillococcinum in flu treatment and prevention:


 

Flu Treatment and Prevention Chart

Product How it Works Advantages Side Effect & Disadvantages
Oscillococcinum®
(O-SILL-O-COX-SEE-NUM)
also commonly called Oscillo®
Decreases the duration and intensity of influenza symptoms, including fever, chills, body aches and pains. Can be used with any existing medical condition or medication.  No known drug interactions or side effects. Convenient dosing and economical. None
Antivirals
Zanamivir (Relenza®) Possible inhibition of virus neuraminidase and alteration of virus aggregation and release. Shortens duration of flu symptoms if taken before the second day of symptoms. Nausea, diarrhea and sinusitis may occur. Inconvenient inhaler administration. Requires a prescription from MD
Oseltamivir phosphate (Tamiflu®) Possible inhibition of virus neuraminidase and alteration of virus aggregation and release. Shortens duration of flu symptoms if taken within 40 hours of symptoms Nausea and vomiting may occur. Requires a prescription from MD.
Rimantadine (Flumdine®)
Amantadine (Symmetrel®)
Inhibits type A virus replication at the very early stages. Reserved for high-risk patients when vaccination is not possible. Insomnia and nausea may occur. Requires a prescription from MD.
Vaccine For prophylactic use only Best coverage for exposure or high-risk individuals. Not a cure. Injection needs to be administered by a licensed health care professional.
Herbs & Vitamins
Echinacea angustifolia and purpurea Non specific immunostimulant Existing clinical studies show controversial results Do not use for more that 10 days (curative) or 3 weeks (prophylactic).  Use with caution when kidney function is impaired or when allergic to herbs from the daisy family.  Preventive efficacy not clearly demonstrated.
Vitamin C Stimulates the immune system Nontoxic. may decrease severity and duration of flu symptoms. Overuse may cause diarrhea.
Symptomatic medicines for fever & aches and pains.
Aspirin, NSAIDs Anti-inflammatory, antipyretic and analgesic action Temporary reduction of symptoms Symptomatic activity only. causes gastrointestinal problems.  Interacts with other drugs and medications.
Acetaminophen Antipyretic and analgesic action Temporary reduction of symptoms Symptomatic activity only. Interacts with hepatotoxic drugs. use with caution if kidney function is impaired.

   
 

Oscillococcinum
(Also known as: Oscillo)

 
  Boiron Oscillococcinum (Oscillo)  
 

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Have any clinical studies been conducted on Oscillo?
A: Yes. Oscillococcinum has been studied in four separate trials. Two of these trials have been published in peer-reviewed medical journals. A total of 1,250 patients were included in all trials. In general, these studies show that Oscillococcinum works to reduce symptoms of flu. The most recent study showed that 63 percent of patients who took Oscillo at the onset of flu-like symptoms showed “clear improvement” or “complete resolution” of their symptoms after 48 hours, vs. 49% with a placebo.1-3

Q: Will Oscillo make me drowsy like other medicines for flu? Does it have any side effects I should know about?
A: No. Oscillo has no known side effects, including drowsiness. There is also no risk of overdose and it won’t interfere with existing conditions such as high blood pressure, etc. And Oscillo will not interact with other medications.

Q: Can I give Oscillo to my children?
A: Oscillo is safe for the whole family—from ages 2 to 102. For those younger than 2 years of age, please consult your physician. If your physician needs medical information, our Boiron Information Center is open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST at 1-800-BOIRON-1.

Q: When do I take Oscillo?
A: Take Oscillo as soon as you feel the first signs of flu—you’re feeling run-down, are feverish, there’s a tickling in your throat, etc. When taken at the onset of symptoms, Oscillo reduces the duration and severity of your symptoms.

Q: How do I take Oscillo?
A: Take 1 entire unit-dose tube every 6 hours, apart from meals; let the pellets dissolve in your mouth. Take Oscillo until your symptoms disappear.

Q: Does Oscillo act quickly?
A: Yes, especially when taken as soon as symptoms appear, which is why it is important to keep Oscillo on hand.

Q: Does Oscillo have an expiration date?
A: Oscillo has a 5-year shelf life and you can find more needed information on the box.

Q: Can Oscillo be taken in conjunction with other medications?
A: Oscillo can safely be taken with other conventional medicines, as it does not interact with other medications, herbs or supplements. And those who cannot be vaccinated can safely take Oscillococcinum.

Q: Can I take Oscillo even if I have a pre-existing condition?
A: Oscillo is not contraindicated with pre-existing conditions such as heart, liver or kidney problems, etc.

Q: Can I self-medicate with Oscillo?
A: Oscillo can be a fast, reliable and appropriate solution for self-medication of flu-like symptoms. However, if symptoms continue for more than 7 days or worsen (see box), you should consult your physician for a precise diagnosis and suitable course of treatment.

Q: Can I use Oscillo while I’m pregnant?
A: As with any medicine, homeopathic or allopathic, pregnant women should seek the advise of their physician before use.

Q: Should I try not to touch the pellets with my hands?
A: You should avoid touching homeopathic medicines with your bare hands, but they are no less effective when touched.

Q: Does Oscillo contain sugar? If so, how much?
A: Pellets contain sugar and lactose (milk sugar). One unit-dose of Oscillo contains 1 gram of sugar (or 1/5 of a teaspoon).


Clinical Studies on Oscillococcinum

Oscillococcinum has been shown in clinical trials to help reduce the severity and shorten the duration of flu symptoms.1,2
Oscillococcinum works rapidly, with 63 percent of patients showing “complete resolution" or "clear improvement” at 48 hours.*1 In a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, the recovery rate within 48 hours of treatment was significantly greater in the group that received the active drug than in the placebo group.†2
Unlike other flu medicines, Oscillococcinum does not cause side effects, such as drowsiness, and has no known or reported drug interactions. Oscillococcinum is regulated as a drug by the FDA3 and can be purchased at pharmacies, natural food stores and supermarkets.
Make sure to keep Oscillococcinum on hand because it works best when taken early. Take Oscillococcinum at the first signs of flu-like symptoms.

*Versus 48% in the placebo group, P=0.003; †P=0.03. 

References:
1. Papp R, Schuback G, Beck E, et al.
Oscillococcinum in patients with influenza-like syndromes: a placebo-controlled, double-blind evaluation. Br Homeopath J. 1998;87:69-76.
2. Ferley JP, Zmirou D, D’Adhemar D, Balducci F.
A controlled evaluation of a homeopathic preparation in the treatment of influenza-like syndromes. Br J Clin Pharmacol. 1989;27:329-335.
3. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Sec. 400.400 Conditions Under Which Homeopathic Drugs May be Marketed (CPG 7132.15). Available at: http://www.fda.gov/ora/compliance_ref/cpg/cpgdrg/cpg400-400.html.


Oscillococcinum (Oscillo)
(O-SILL-O-COX-SEE-NUM)

Clinical Research

  1. Double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, multi-center trial of 100 patients (Casanova et al, 19831)

     

    • Evaluation of Oscillococcinum within 48 hours after onset of flu-like symptoms.

    Results

    • Chills: 87.7% reduction vs. 57.1% with placebo
    • Stiffness: 72.5% reduction vs. 41.9% with placebo
    • Fever: 79.1% reduction vs. 40.0% with placebo
    • Nasal discharge unaffected
    • 80.0% of patients treated with Oscillococcinum reported a successful outcome vs. 38.0%, p=0.001

     

  2. Double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, multi-center trial of 300 patients (Casanova et al, 19852)

     

    • Evaluation of Oscillococcinum at onset of flu-like symptoms.

    Results at day 2

    • Fever was significantly lower in the Oscillococcinum group than in the placebo group (P<0.05)

    Results at day 4

    • 55.0% of patients treated with Oscillo reported no chills vs. 26.5% with placebo (P<0.001)
    • 70.0% of treated patients reported no aches and pains vs. 48.0% with placebo (p<0.001)

     

  3. Double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, multi-center trial of 478 patients (Ferley et al, 19893)

     

    • Evaluation of Oscillococcinum within 24 hours after onset of flu-like symptoms
    • Efficacy endpoints assessed after 48 hours of treatment (rectal temperature <99.3°F and complete resolution of cardinal symptoms: headaches, stiffness, lumbar and articular pain, shivers)

    Results

    • Full recovery from flu symptoms within 48 hours was 66.0% greater in the Oscillococcinum group than in the placebo group. (p=0.03)
    • 61.2% of patients in the active drug group had favorable impression on the efficacy of treatment vs. 49.3% in placebo group. (p=0.02)

     

  4. Double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, multi-center trial of 372 patients (Papp et al, 19984)
    • Evaluation of Oscillococcinum within 24 hours after onset of flu-like symptoms

    Results

    • The clinical trial showed that Oscillococcinum has a positive effect on the decline of symptoms and on the duration of the disease.
    • At 48 hours, 62.9% of patients treated with Oscillococcinum showed clear improvement vs. 48.5% in placebo group (p=0.03).  These results confirm those observed in previous studies.

Notes:

  1. Centre de Recherche et de Documentation Technique, University of Marseilles, France.

  2. Centre de Recherche et de Documentation Technique, University of Marseilles, France.

  3. Ferley JP, Zmirou, D'Adhemar D, Balducci E, "A Controlled evaluation of a homeopathic preparation in the treatment of influenza-like syndromes". British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 1989, 27; 329-335.

  4. Papp R, Shuback G, Beck E, Burjard G, Bengel J, Lehri S, Belon P "Oscillococcinum in patients with influenza like  syndromes: a palcebo controlled double-blind evaluation." British Homeopathic Journal. April 1998, Vol. 87, pp 69-76.

At 48 hours, 62.9% of patients showed "clear improvement" with
Oscillococcinum
(a.k.a. Oscillo)


Oscillococcinum (Oscillo)
(O-SILL-O-COX-SEE-NUM)

Use:
For temporary relief of flu symptoms such as fever, chills, body aches and pains.

Directions:
Adults and children 2 years of age and older: take one dose at onset of symptoms (Dissolve entire contents of one tube in the mouth).  Repeat for 2 more doses at 6-hour intervals.

Warnings:

  • Do not use if the cap seal is broken
  • Ask a Doctor before use in children under 2 years of age.
  • Stop using this product and consult a physician if symptoms persist for more than 3 days or if they worsen.
  • As with any medication, if pregnant or nursing, ask a health care professional before use.
  • Keep this and all medication out of the reach of children.
  • Diabetics: Each dose contains 0.85 g of sucrose and 0.15 g of lactose.

Active Ingredient:
Anas barbariae hepatis et cordis extractum 200CK

Homeopathic preparation of liver and heart of the Muscovy Duck (Anas barbariae), diluted 200 times according to the methods described in the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States.

Inactive Ingredients:
Sucrose: 0.85 g
Lactose: 0.15 g (USP)

Advantages:
No adverse reactions have been reported to the FDA during 15 years of use in the United Stated.  Based on its mode of preparation everything seems to indicate that Oscillococcinum would not interfere pathologically with the flu vaccine, concomitant medications, fetal development nor would it be present in the milk of nursing women.

  • No drowsiness or stimulant effect.
  • Safe for the elderly and high risk patients.
  • Safe for use with prescription medication, dietary supplements and herbs.
  • Safe for use by patients in occupations that prohibit the use of traditional OTC flu remedies such as transportation engineers, pilots, and machine operators.
  • 65 years of use by millions of people in 43 countries.
  • the Number 1 homeopathic flu medication in the United States.
  • Contains no artificial additives or preservatives.

How Supplied:
Boxes of three Unit-dose tubes (one treatment), six Unit-Dose tubes (two treatments), twelve Unit-Dose tubes (four treatments), eighteen Unit-Dose tubes (six treatments) and the new Children's Oscillo which contains six Unit-Dose Tubes (two Treatments).

Oscillococcinum 3 Dose Box
 
  Oscillococcinum 6 Dose Box
3 Unit-Dose Tubes
(one treatment)
  6 Unit-Dose Tubes
(two treatments)
Oscillococcinum 12 dose box   Oscillococcinum 18 dose box
12 Unit-Dose Tubes
(four treatments)
  30 Uni-Dose Tubes NEW
(six treatments)

Notice: Homeopathic medicine are manufactured and marketed in the U.S. under the regulatory authority of the Food and Drug Administration.



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