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How To Become A Pharmacy Hero This Cough, Cold, and Flu Season

Jan 04, 2016

The season is here…now that the holidays are over, our customers will think they have room to exhale from the stress and obligations, and quickly find that their immune-adrenaline drops and cough, colds and even the flu will prevail.

I remember when I was in pharmacy school, interning at the CVS Pharmacy in Bensalem PA, the pharmacist Eileen (I think that was her name- 23 years can cloud some memory banks), shared with me a great tip. – “Get Your Cough and Cold recommendations down now, so when customers ask you, you don’t have to search for an asnwer.”

Back then all I knew was the Robitussin and Dimetapp offerings which were only quieting symptoms- but what about actually making your customers better quicker?

…Or reversing their slide into the abyss of feeling like 10 pounds of crap in a 5 pound paper bag?

This is just one reason why We LOVE natural medicine…and I am not talking about the zicam and airborne- I am talking real clinical and outcome based solutions that can make a major impact for your customers.

Below is my quick fix list- this is something that may change from year to year…and feel free to keep with your favorite brands, but for me- this is what’s working for my clients now.

From the accolades you receive from giving them their health back, stopping them from having to submit to the winter crud…you will become their pharmacy hero.

Quick Fixes for the Winter Crud

#1 Vitamin D 50,000 ‘s – 1 Daily for 3 days at first sign. (Suggested 15 capsule bubble pack from Ortho Molecular) Patient can then continue at 1 capsule every ten days during winter months to average 5,000 units daily, or adjust according to Vitamin D blood levels.

Vitamin D activates our immune system which enables the body to increase its production of broad-spectrum natural antibiotics. Vitamin D works against every type of microbe (viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites.)

If they are feeling sick, beyond the “first sign of distress”

#2 Viracid- one to two capsules per hour (Suggested 12 count bubble pack from Ortho Molecular)

A powerful combination of nutrients and botanical extracts to provide immediate support for immune challenges. Nutrients that are immune modulating, boosts immune cell function, boosts antibody response and T-cell activation, increases antioxidant activity.

*Both can be given for added immune response and support.

If seasonal flu virus….all of the above plus

Symptoms of seasonal flu virus include fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, congestion, runny nose, headaches, and fatigue.

#3 Oscillococcinum- Empty contents of one vial under tongue 3 times daily until feeling better.

Oscillococcinum is clinically proven to work against the viral flu, which I have seen successful countless times.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This is for informational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Where we believe in the empowerment of taking responsibility for ones on health, all matters pertaining to your physical health should be supervised by a health care professional.