Oscillococcinum is a homeopathic product that reduces the duration and severity of flu-like symptoms, according to Boiron USA, the product's manufacturer. Some evidence suggests that people who take Oscillococcinum recover from the flu six or seven hours sooner than those who do not take it, reports WebMD.
Fever, chills, body aches, fatigue and headache are typical flu symptoms that Oscillococcinum treats, explains Boiron USA. The product comes in a tube, and individuals older than the age of 2 dissolve the contents of one tube in their mouths every six hours up to three times per day. The company produces packages that contain six, 12 or 30 doses.
If symptoms continue for three or more days or the symptoms become more severe, individuals should stop using Oscillococcinum, advises Boiron USA. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should check with a doctor before using this product because scientists have not tested this product on pregnant or nursing mothers.
The active ingredient in Oscillococcinum is Anas barbariae 200CK HPUS, and the inactive ingredients are lactose and sucrose, notes Boiron USA. Homeopathic preparations contain highly diluted preparations of substances thought to cause a condition, explains WebMD. Experts feel that these preparations are safe and have no beneficial or harmful effects.