On the Hunt for Strange Czech Nasal Spray

This entry has the potential to be the most boring post I’ve ever made on this blog, so for my friends who regularly read what I post, you may just want to skip it.   However, I tend to get a massive amount of referrals from search engine queries on whenver I post something, so I’m hoping I will get some reads from people who can help me out…

Do you know what this is or do you know anything about it?

Those who are close to me know that I have had an ongoing battle with serious sinus infections over the last two or three years, to the point where I was getting very bad acute sinusitis 4-5 times per year, which usually also brings on a weeks-long throat infection.  Treatment usually requires a healty dose of various nasal sprays and Z-Paks to make it go away.   To further complicate measures, I am not able to take most over-the-counter or perscription nasal sprays or antihistimines, after I was hospitalized with a bout of atrial fibrulation a couple of years back  (I would take a stuffy nose over a heart attack or stroke any day).

Thankfully, the last year has been good to me, as my doctor’s latest combination of Flonase, Ipratropium Bromide and some low-dose antibiotics have kept the bad sinus infections away for almost 9 months.  Unfortunately – and I’m not really sure why – it started to hit me just as I was in the middle of a 3 1/2 week trip to London, Paris and Prague this past month.   Things really started to go bad when I was in Prague, smack in the middle of the Czech Republic.

Sometimes there is nothing worse than being stranded in a foreign country without your meds.  Sometimes, it’s a blessing, though.  For example, when I was in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, I was able to walk right into a local pharmacy and purchase a Z-Pak, sans prescription, for $20 (note that I pay $25 in the US, even after my insurance covers it).   In this case, however, Czech laws are a bit more stringent and the pharmacist could not give me any oral antibiotic pills without a doctor’s consent.   As an alternative, however, he recommened an oral and nasal antibiotic spray, called Bioparox.

It came in a package exactly as shown above.  All labels and instructions were in Czech, but he told me to take four sprays, four times per day (this seemed like a lot to me).   The pictures on the back of the box indicated that I should take two sprays in the nose and four sprays in the mouth four times a day  (at least that’s how I interpreted it, with the help of my friend Google Language Tools).

Anyway, long story short, it worked and it worked well.  In fact, it kind of gets you a little high the first time you take it.

This is all fine and dandy, but there are a few problems.  First, it’s not available in the US.  I don’t know why, but it just isn’t.  Perhaps I should be alarmed by this, but I am well familiar with how conservative the US FDA is when approving new drugs in this country.    Second, and probably most importantly, I really have no idea how much of this I should be taking, or what it’s doing to my body.

I see this is manufactured by a French drug company, but it does not seem to be easy to get in the US.  (Although I did see it available through a couple of mail-order pharmacies).

So my questions:

1.  Does anyone have any information regarding dosage, side effects, etc.?

2.  Anyone know any way to get this easily in the US or the UK?

4 responses to “On the Hunt for Strange Czech Nasal Spray

  1. HI,
    I use Bioparox always when I got some influenza symptoms. It is a common drug that doctors in Slovakia/Czech rep. gives you when you got the influenza/flu. It always works. I like that product, and because I live in USA I always have to bring it from home (Slovakia). The reason is just because of the market that the French company operates than the regulations, I guess. There are lot of drugs that I can not find in USA, but sometimes I find something at least close to it, and then naturally there are some that you can find in Europe and in USA as well. I do not have the box of it handy, but if you would find somebody who can speak slovak or czech they can translate it for you. The dosage that you write down is right. That is what my doctor recommends me and what the producer does as well.

  2. Hi there – stumbled across this post while looking for bioparox purchasing online. I’m hooked on the stuff, I have terrible upper respiratory infections as well and can’t take most antibiotics and cold meds either.

    My dad is a former clinical chemist, picked this stuff up while in eastern europe as well, I now have a dwindling stash from my last trip to Budapest.

    Here’s what I understand from him, in non-biochemist terms. Pretty slick stuff, the french invented it for aids patients that don’t respond to traditional treatments. It’s a fungus of some sort that basically kills BOTH bacteria and viruses. It’s VERY effective, very tiny, and permeates even the finer areas of the bronchial tubes. Most modern antibiotics come from bread mold anyway, so it’s not too much of a stretch, but it seems they genetically modified it to make it totally innocuous to anything BUT viruses and bacteria. The lack of USDA approval probably has more to do with US aversion to anything genetically modified than it does the bioparox itself.

    My hungarian doctor friend suggested that I take it in the areas that are actually impacted by infection/bacteria. For me, that’s my sinuses, so I rarely breath the stuff unless I feel the cold moving into my chest. You can’t really take too much, according to Christian and my father, so I take it every few hours when I’m really sick, three to four sprays at a time, and breath it only if I need it in my chest. This has radically cut down my need for antibiotics, which are pretty bad for you in the long run anyway and do nothing to combat the virus itself if you’ve got a common cold as well.

    I’d say it’s probably the best stuff on the market, period, for the common cold, as well as people like you and I who have chronic infections. Don’t expect your US doctor to know a thing about it, but using it when you get an infection should really make a difference for you and hopefully cut antibiotic use. Make sure you are taking sufficient decongestants, expectorants, and antihistamines to cut the impaction in your sinuses though, or it has a harder time penetrating to the infection. I use mucinexD and claritin, double the recommended dose when I’m really sick.

    Good luck, and let me know if you hear it gets cleared for purchase here!

  3. hey guys, after 2 years I found this. Hey so I am from Eastern Europe and so i happen to be a geneticist. I gave it a quick 10min research on BioPArox since I used it in bulgaria all the time. My family are doctors. Anyhow, long story shot:

    It is a aerosolized form of FUSAFUNGINE -> it is not a spore of a fungus, it is simply a type of antibiotical substance isolated from the spore. There arent any actual living modified spores. It is another type of antibiotic. You can read the abstract of this paper from 1999 (lol it happened to be Bulgarian like myself)

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10989675

    also now there is quite a lot of information on Bioparox and the substance online. I think the main quality that makes it effective is the fact that penetrates very deeply into your respiratory tract. The other day i was at the doctor and i asked her, sooo why do u give me pill form of shitty Amoxicilin when you can give me a nasal spray and we can kill the bacteria directly. She was like “I dont know”. this is how i found bioparox.

    also it has anti-inflammatory properties which helps the air ways to open up.

    and finally, since it is an antibiotic substance, I think it is not made for VIRUSES. I am not well informed if it has other properties. But strictly antibiotics are for bacteria.

  4. Hello there.

    I’m using it right now. I have Googled “Bioparox” because I have forgot how many times a day you should use it.

    Anyways: I am not a doctor (at least, not the medical kind) but I have a colorful history of throat/nose/whatever-on-my-face infections. What I know about Bioparox is that it is an antibiotics, so you should use and treat it like one.

    That means, once you have started the medication you should not stop if you feel a little better. Even more important though: do not use it for more than 10 days. My ENT (ear nose throat) specialist stressed this very much: the antibiotic spray kills _everything_ in your throat / nose, even the bacteria (?) which are usually there and are supposed to be there. The other thing is: you should at least wait 2-3 weeks between two usage periods of Bioparox for the same reason…

    Fortunately I have no problem buying it, since I live in Slovakia.

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