With winter, and subsequent germs, in full swing1, it’s good to know that there are a range of products available which contain natural ingredients and are not known to cause drowsiness, and which can be taken at the onset of colds and flu.

An advantage of using over the counter products at the first sign of a cold or flu is that you can target the symptoms straight away. Many of us wait for days before seeking treatment, and by the time we schedule an appointment, and get to the doctor, the virus has fully manifested itself2.

The FLUGONTM Colds, Flu and Allergy range, contain ingredients such as Beta-carotene, Citrus bioflavonoids, Vitamin C and Zinc for their antioxidant properties3, 4 as well as Pelargonium, Echinacea and Elderberry extract for their antiviral properties5, 6. Because these products contain natural ingredients, they can also be taken every day throughout the year, to support your immune system.

For those who need symptomatic relief for when the colds and flu really hit, there is also the FLUGONTM Symptomatic Relief range which includes a cough syrup, hot lemon, throat spray and vapobalm, all of which also contain natural ingredients such as Menthol, Eucalyptus and Tea tree 7, 8,9,10.

There are over 200 cold viruses, and on average, we can catch a few each year. The cold virus can be spread by touching a surface or item that has been contaminated by the virus. Shaking hands also passes on germs. Once your fingers have been contaminated and you rub your eyes or nose, the virus can invade your body11. A sore throat and runny nose are usually the first signs of a cold, followed by coughing and sneezing. Most people recover in about 7 to 10 days12.

By washing your hands often, avoiding close contact with sick people, and not touching your face with unwashed hands, you can help reduce your risk of getting a cold12.

Remember that there is no actual cure for a cold but over the counter medicines can help ease and relieve symptoms. To feel better, you should get lots of rest and drink plenty of fluids12.

Always speak to your doctor if you are at a high risk of flu-related complications. Those at high risk of flu-related complications have an increased chance of developing pneumonia, bronchitis and sinus infections13.

Look out for the red and yellow FLUGON ™ Colds, Flu and Allergy defence range at leading pharmacies nationwide. The range includes capsules (suitable for use from 6 years of age), an adult fizzy (suitable for use from 12 years), a colds and flu syrup (suitable for use from 1 year of age) and Grape flavoured FLUGON™ Fizzy Kidz is available for children over the age of 4.

For more information, go to www.inovapharma.co.za.

DISCLAIMER: This unregistered medicine has not been evaluated by the SAHPRA for its quality, safety or intended use. For more information speak to your healthcare professional.

Further information is available on request from iNova Pharmaceuticals. Name and business address: iNova Pharmaceuticals (Pty) Ltd. Co. Reg. No. 1952/001640/07. 15E Riley Road, Bedfordview. Tel. No. 011 087 0000.

www.inovapharma.co.za. IN731/19


  1. Very Well Health. When is Common Cold Season (2017) at https://www.verywellhealth.com/when-is-common-cold-season-770443
  2. University Health News Daily. 11 Best Flu remedies backed by scientific studies (2018) at https://universityhealthnews.com/daily/eyes-ears-nose-throat/5-best-home-remedies-for-flu-treatment-backed-by-scientific-studies/ (website accessed on 13 May 2019)
  3. Ahmadinejad, F. et al. Molecular Mechanisms behind free radical scavengers function against oxidative stress. Antioxid 2017; 6(51):1-15.
  4. Pham-Huy, L.A, He, H, Pham-Huy, C. Free radicals, antioxidants in disease and health. Int J Biomed Sci 2008; 4(2):89-96.
  5. Kolodziej, H. Antimicrobial, antiviral and immunomodulatory activity studies of Pelargonium sidoides (EP’sR 7630) in the context of health promotion. Pharmaceuticals 2011; 4:1295-1314.
  6. Csupor, D. Assessment report on Pelargonium sidoides DC and/or Pelargonium reniforme Curt., radix. European Medicines Agency, Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products (HMPC). 2018; 1-90.
  7. Schmidt, S. Ivy leaf cough mixtures. SA Pharm Assist 2017; 5-6.
  8. com [Internet]: What is the use of Menthol? [cited 2017 Aug 14]. Available from:https://www.livestrong.com/article/187048-what-is-the-use-of-menthol/.
  9. Sadlon, A.E, Lamson, D.W. Immune-modifying and antimicrobial effects of eucalyptus oil and simple inhalation devices. Altern Med Rev; 15(1):33-47.
  10. com [Internet]: Tea tree oil uses for nasal congestion [cited 2017 Aug 14]. Available from: https://www.livestrong.com/article/120251-tea-tree-oil-uses-nasal/.
  11. Myths and Facts about Cold and Flu Season (2018) at https://www.netdoctor.co.uk/healthy-living/wellbeing/advice/a26030/myths-and-facts-about-cold-and-flu/ (website accessed on 13 May 2019)
  12. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Common Colds: Protect Yourself and Others (2019) at https://www.cdc.gov/features/rhinoviruses/index.html (website accessed on 13 May 2019)
  13. Mayo Clinic. Flu Symptoms – Should I see my doctor (2019) at https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/flu/expert-answers/flu-symptoms/faq-20057983 (website accessed on 13 May 2019)