Question by  mariodeCastroGomes (20)

Does "Airborne" cold medicine really work?

They keep saying it's good because a teacher made it. Why would teachers be good at making medicine?


Answer by  jamieellison (1637)

Airborne is an herbal supplement, not a medicine. The company was recently sued for making false claims that the supplement boosts your immune system. The company settled by refunding money.


Answer by  MedStudent01 (1131)

A teacher made it but the tagline is there for marketing purposes. This medicine is over the counter and has no established proof actually boosting your immune system and preventing colds and other airborne infections. The concoction is essentially a mega multivitamin with anecdotal effects but no scientific proof or strong reasoning of preventing infections.


Answer by  RachelW (932)

Teachers are not good at making medicine. Airborne does not work, and has been reported to cause loss of smell. It is not recommended. You are almost certainly better off taking Vitamin C and making sure to wash your hands frequently during cold and flu season, rather than taking over the counter cold medicine should you get sick.


Answer by  Ken99 (281)

While there are people that swear by this product. You should remember, this is a nutritional supplement and not a medication. There are no independent studies reguarding it's effectiveness. The company has also been sued by the Federal Trade Commission for false advertising.


Answer by  tml4986 (195)

Airborne is NOT FDA-indicated to improve the immune system. It is considered a dietary supplement. There is no clinical evidence supporting its effectiveness but individual responses may vary.

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