Is this product approved by the FDA?
No, it is not. Both the FDA and the Center for Disease Control have not conducted any trials on this over-the-counter nasal antiseptic. So while the product may have killed off the coronavirus in a lab setting – according to the biopharmaceutical company – that’s just not the same as being clinically tested. What we really need are trials that involve people – just because the product killed the virus in vitro with test tubes or culture dishes, does not mean that it will work in real-life with actual humans. Plus, clinical trials would not only show if it’s effective but also if it’s safe for long-term use. Now, to be fair, one of the active key ingredients in this nasal antiseptic has been approved by the FDA. And that is Benzalkonium chloride. But it’s only approved to kill germs that are on our skin. It’s not approved for use inside our noses. Plus, the CDC says that evidence has shown that Benzalkonium chloride has less reliable activity against the coronavirus. Which is not good news for this product.
Is This Produce Safe for Use?
Research has shown that Benzalkonium chloride can actually mess with the nose. Now we all have mucus in our bodies. It lines our respiratory tract and that includes our nose. And most of us don’t really notice the mucus until we’re sick when it gets thicker or we start to produce a lot more of it. Now studies have shown that Benzalkonium chloride can interfere with how our nose cleans out the mucus. And if it does interfere with this natural process, then, unfortunately, it can lead to infections.
Are These “Remedies” Hurting Our Efforts in Controlling Covid-19?
I do feel that some of these natural remedies and products could be hurting our efforts to control COVID-19. Because it’s possible that people will think that by doing X, Y, or Z, that it will protect them. And then they slack off or don’t take the proper precautions. So let’s remember, that there is no cure right now. And the best way to avoid getting the virus is to:
- stay home as much as possible
- wash your hands often regularly
- disinfect your home cell phone and car
- wear a mask and keep 6 feet away from others when you do need to venture outside your home
Tankless inhaled nitric oxide system
Let me start by saying that this was not a typical case. The patient has pulmonary arterial hypertension. And that means that tiny blood vessels in the lungs become thick and narrow, which then can lead to high blood pressure. So after getting sick with the coronavirus, this female patient, who by the way is also a doctor, did not want to travel 350 miles for treatment at a hospital. So her care team was able to receive FDA approval for an emergency investigational new drug application for a tankless inhaled nitric oxide system to be used at home. Now inhaling nitric oxide can cause blood vessels to widen, which then lowers blood pressure. The patient was on this treatment for 12-14 hours a day. And after 17 days, she was weaned off of it with no issues. So while this is more positive news regarding new possible treatments, again more research is needed. Especially to see if this would work in folks that are sick and don’t have pulmonary hypertension.