Phoenix patients search for prescription, natural flu remedies

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Fighting the flu? It may just be a matter of time before its your turn with the virus. So here's what you need to know. If you start getting sick, don't waste time heading to your doctor.

"We really emphasize that 48 hour window in order to get that prescription medication. That's going to decrease the severity and duration of the flu," said Ashley Burgeron, a nurse with Banner Baywood Medical Center.

Doctors and nurses say if you're prescribed a drug to fight influenza like Tamiflu within that time, you have the best chance of short circuiting the virus.

If it's your kids that are sick, you may need to be more patient. The makers of children's Tamiflu say there are shortages of the liquid formula. Over the counter medicines like Robitussin and Mucinex work, but others are looking for alternative treatments.

"They get drops under their tongue, we give vitamin IV's that are extremely effective, a very high dose Vitamin C IV is one of the best things to do," said Dr. Bruce Shelton, MD, MD(H).

Dr. Shelton is a homeopathic medical doctor, who says he's booked with people fighting the flu. He also recommends Vitamin A for cutting down the aches and fever, and says many of these treatments can be bought at your grocery store.

"You don't say this cures the flu, you say you're boosting your immune system so your own body acts as the best physician you've ever had and it cures the flu," said Dr. Shelton.

As for shortages of medicine at your local pharmacy, it's because warehouses are rationing out how much they give out to local stores. So you'll likely need a bit of patience, provided your symptoms aren't too bad.