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?