‘Anyone else Spidey sense going off?’: Mom Suspects Conspiracy In FDA’s Tightened Control Over Tylenol, Advil & Mucinex

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The Viral Concern

Amanda shared a video where she stands against a backdrop of a list of medications, including Tylenol, Advil, Mucinex, Vicks Sinex, and Benadryl Allergy Plus Congestion, which she claims the FDA is recalling.

In the video, she expresses concern, saying,

“Anyone else’s spidey senses going off. Because, this, they’re pulling all these medications off the shelf right before flu season. All of them.”

Amanda specifically highlights Vicks Sinex and Benadryl Allergy Plus Congestion, mentioning that they’ve benefited her and her son. She speculates that the FDA’s motive might be to force people to seek medical attention.

She asks viewers their opinions, asking,

“What do you think? Why would they be pulling these? Does anyone think that these don’t work? I mean, there’s some of them that I’ve never tried so I don’t know but I these two for sure.”

@spartanburg_ranch #greenscreen they are taking away options forbthe everyday american right before cold season. #scienceexperiments #coldseason #covid19 #herbalistsoftiktok ♬ original sound – Amanda

Public Response

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Amanda’s video has garnered over 1.3 million views, and the comments section is buzzing with reactions. Some viewers seem to align with her suspicions, while others share their personal remedies.

One user remarked,

“Setting us up for failure and control for sure.”

Another shared their alternative treatments, stating,

“I made my garlic n honey and I am doing oregano n olive oil amongst other remedies.”

A third person said, “The placebo effect is real.”

Phenylephrine’s Efficacy Questioned

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In recent findings, the FDA’s advisory panel has unanimously agreed that phenylephrine, a common ingredient in many over-the-counter cough and cold medications, is ineffective when taken orally. This means that popular medicines like Sudafed PE and Dayquil, which contain phenylephrine, might not be providing the relief they claim to offer.

The FDA’s stance doesn’t include phenylephrine preparations used through the nose, such as drops and sprays, which are more likely to reduce congestion. This revelation has raised concerns about the efficacy of certain OTC products that have phenylephrine as a primary ingredient.

While there haven’t been any safety concerns raised about the recommended dosage of oral phenylephrine, its effectiveness is crucial for consumers looking for congestion relief.

Implications for Over-the-Counter Remedies

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The potential removal of phenylephrine from the OTC monograph is seen as a transparent and consumer-centric approach. The FDA is considering public comments and concerns in their decision-making process.

Consumers should be aware of alternative products available for temporary relief from nasal congestion. Reading drug facts labels is essential to understand the ingredients and any associated warnings. Intranasal decongestants, which act directly in the nose, are preferred alternatives to oral phenylephrine.

These decongestants reduce swelling and congestion by narrowing the blood vessels in the nose. However, they should be used with caution as prolonged use can lead to rebound congestion. The recent discussions around phenylephrine’s efficacy might reshape the landscape of OTC cold remedies, leading to more effective options in the future.

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  1. cnn.com/2023/10/19/health/cvs-to-stop-selling-some-phenylephrine-medicines/
  2. vox.com/science/2023/9/15/23873766/phenylephrine-fda-sudafed-nyquil-dayquil-pharmacy-ineffective
  3. pharmacytimes.com/view/removal-of-phenylephrine-from-nasal-decongestants-could-reshape-otc-cold-remedies

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Martha A. Lavallie
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