Frequently asked questions

Viruxan® products

Viruxan® Forte (Inosine Acedoben Dimepranol) is an over-the-counter medicine with a unique dual mode of action for treatment of common cold and flu. Viruxan® Forte active substance is the original IAD molecule with well-established safety profile and more than 50 years of real life experience.

Viruxan® Forte based on Inosine Acedoben Dimepranol has an antiviral effect and boosts the immune system as well, reducing the duration and severity of common cold and flu.

Viruxan® Forte has clinically proven efficacy in treatment of the common cold and flu. It reduces symptoms and length of an acute respiratory viral infections. In case of an acute viral respiratory infection, Viruxan® Forte can restore proper immune function, significantly reduce symptomatology, and shorten the duration of symptoms by two days in patients below 50 years of age4.

Viruxan® Forte with its unique dual mode of action fights the cause of your cold and flu, not just its symptoms. It has an antiviral effect and boosts the immune system as well, which can help you to get over your cold quickly and restore your immune system at the same time.

Viruxan® Forte comes in the form of a soluble powder. It has a pleasant taste, is soluble in cold water, and comes in convenient sachets, so it's easy to use on the go.

If you are pregnant or breast feeding, or you think you may be pregnant you should not take Viruxan. If you are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.

Viruxan® Forte can be used together with antibiotics; no interactions between inosine and antibiotics have been recorded.

  • Recommended daily dose: 50 mg / kg body weight / day
  • Usual intake: 1 sachet containing 1 g, 3 – 4 times a day
  • Maximum dose: 4 g per day

Viruxan® Forte should not be taken for longer than seven days without a consultation with a physician.

Ask your pharmacists for Viruxan® Forte.

Like every medicine, Viruxan® Forte can cause side effects. Possible side effects are outlined in section 4 of the packaging leaflet.

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Preventing the common cold and flu

Eating a healthy, balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables is essential, especially when you have a cold or the flu. Scientists have found conclusive proof that what you eat can impact your immunity levels. So, eating foods rich in vitamins and minerals can support your immune system and help you recover from your cold and flu faster.

Feeding your body with certain foods and food supplements may help keep your immune system strong. Plan your meals to include next powerful immune system boosters:




Vitamin C

Vitamin Cis one of antioxidative which contributes to the normal function of the immune system.

Almost all citrus fruits are high in vitamin C.

Vitamin D



Vitamin D is a substance that your body needs for many different physiological processes. Vitamin D is needed for normal growth and development of bone in children. It also contributes the normal function of the immune system.

Foods such as fish, egg yolks, and mushrooms are natural sources of Vitamin D. Also, you can take Vitamin D as a food supplement.


Scientists have found that zinc can help you to maintain health of your body’s function including immune system. It also contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress.

Zinc-rich foods include meat, oysters, and nuts.


Probiotics are good bacteria that are found in food or supplements. Thanks to their gut-friendly properties, probiotics can help you to support your immune system. 

Try a probiotic-rich yoghurt. You can also take probiotics as a food supplement as well.

If you’re not considered high risk and aren’t experiencing severe symptoms, you can usually save yourself a trip to the doctor and ride it out with plenty of rest and fluids.
However, if any of the following occur, please visit your doctor:

  • Your fever gets better, then suddenly worsens again.
  • Your symptoms don’t improve within one week.
  • You can’t get rid of your cough, or your cough begins producing thick mucus.

Common cold
The common cold is infectious from a few days before your symptoms appear until all of the symptoms are gone. Most people will be contagious for around two weeks. Symptoms are usually worse during the first 2-3 days, and this is when you're most likely to spread the virus.
Flu is usually most infectious from the day your symptoms start and then for 3-7 days after that. Children and people with weaker immune systems may be infectious for a few days longer.

Treatment of the common cold and flu

Over-the-counter treatments such as analgesics, antipyretics, and nasal decongestants can ease your symptoms. Ask your doctor or pharmacists which option is best for you.

To fight off the real cause of your cold or flu, the virus itself, you can take antiviral medicine. Ask your pharmacist for over-the-counter antiviral and immunomodulatory medicine, Viruxan®. If you take this medicine as soon as your symptoms appear, it can lessen and shorten the duration of your cold or flu.

Antibiotics work against bacteria, which are usually not the cause of the common cold, and definitely not the cause of the flu. But, when the common cold is caused by bacteria, the treatment with antibiotics may be needed.

Most people with a cold or the flu recover within a few days, even without medical treatment. However, recovery is different for everyone. Contact your doctor if your symptoms worsen or have not improved after one week