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Don’t fall for fake flu medications, FDA warns

Those looking for relief during an unprecedented flu season should beware unproven flu treatments and counterfeit medications, which could be found online or in stores, warned the Food and Drug Administration on Friday.

The regulator also gave some simple ways to spot fraud: Don’t, for example, buy over-the-counter products claiming to prevent or cure the flu — since no such legal products exist.

Plenty of over-the-counter products do work on flu symptoms, including fever, muscle aches and congestion, but they can’t claim to, say, reduce the flu’s severity or length, boost immunity without a flu shot or improve recovery from the flu.

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