What is homeopathy? What are homeopathic medicines?
Homeopathy is a therapeutic method that uses diluted substances to relieve symptoms. The active ingredients in homeopathic medicines include diluted plants, animals or minerals that relieve the same symptoms they cause at full strength (i.e., a micro dose of coffee bean helps to relieve nervousness).
Homeopathic medicines have been used for more than 200 years. They are manufactured in strict accordance with the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS) and drug Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). Today, homeopathic medicines are used by millions of patients and recommended by health care professionals around the world to relieve many acute health conditions such as allergies, coughs, colds, flu, stress, muscle pain and teething.
Are there clinical studies on Oscillococcinum?
Yes. Two studies, published in peer-reviewed journals, show that Oscillococcinum helps to reduce the severity and shorten the duration of flu-like symptoms.1-2 The most recent study showed that 63 percent of the patients who took Oscillo at the onset of flu-like symptoms showed “clear improvement” or “complete resolution” of their symptoms after 48 hours, vs. 48% with a placebo.2
1Papp 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. 2Ferley 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.
How do I take Oscillo?
Dissolve the entire contents of one tube under the tongue every 6 hours, up to 3 times a day. As with all homeopathic medicines, Oscillo should be taken in a mouth free of strong flavors or anything that may coat the mouth. We recommend taking the medicine 15 minutes before or after eating, drinking or brushing your teeth.
How long should I take Oscillo?
If your symptoms have not improved after the first day, repeat the dosage instructions – take one dose every 6 hours, up to 3 times a day, for 2 more days. If after three days you show no improvement, we recommend consulting your health care professional. If your symptoms improve and you would like to take Oscillo for a longer period of time, please consult your health care professional.
Will Oscillo make me drowsy? Does it have any other side effects?
Oscillo does not cause drowsiness. It has a low risk of side effects and no contraindications. It can be safely taken with other medications.
Can I take Oscillo if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, ask your health care professional before taking any medicine, including Oscillococcinum. If your health care professional needs more information on our medicines, he/she can contact us at 1.800.BOIRON.1.
Should I avoid touching the pellets with my hands?
We recommend touching the Oscillo pellets as little as possible with your fingers or hands. Introducing any moisture to the pellets will begin the dispensing of the medicine, and any oils on your skin may coat the pellets and hinder absorption once the medicine is in your mouth.
Can Oscillo be taken in conjunction with other medicines?
Oscillo will not interact with other medications, herbs, or supplements. It is safe to take Oscillo with other homeopathic medicines.
Does Oscillo contain sugar?
Oscillo pellets contain sucrose and casein-free lactose. Each dose of Oscillo contains 1 gram of sugar.
Can I take Oscillo past its expiration date?
No, we do not recommend taking Oscillo past its expiration date.