ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Pharmacies across the country say several medications are out of stock. We’ve learned about shortages of amoxicillin, Tylenol, and Tamiflu. Now, local health experts are sharing some other remedies you can use to help you get over your seasonal illness.
Earlier this season, we saw more cases of flu than normal, leading to higher demand for over-the-counter solutions — but pharmacists say there are plenty of other options out there.
Carilion Clinic Pharmacist, Andrew Tarasidis says herbal remedies can be an effective replacement.
“This year we’ve seen demand a little bit earlier than we have in the past, especially the past couple of years where we’ve been masking and we truly saw less cases of the flu last year because we’ve been staying away from everyone,” he said.
Roanoke Pharmacist and Owner of Blue Ridge Apothecary, Graham Stephens says there’s no need to panic.
“It’s highly unlikely that we’re going to have a shortage of acetaminophen. What is more likely is that one company’s brand of acetaminophen may not be available,” he assured.
Stephens says this is one reason why community pharmacies are beneficial. His location is compounding only, but he says when chain stores are low on supply or have no supply, the local spots are usually able to help.
“There are multiple products out there that have similar end results. Just because there is a shortage of one doesn’t mean there’s going to be a shortage of another,” Stephens added.
He says if you can’t get something like Tylenol, you can always try Aspirin.
Area health officials also say it’s not too late to get your flu shot, even if you’ve already started feeling sick.
Carilion Clinic is not reporting any shortages at this time.