REVEALED: The popular health supplement that causes COVID-19 symptoms – leading to false diagnoses
- ArmaForce, from Blackmores, is a cold and flu supplement sold in pharmacies
- Side effects can include loss of taste – a known symptom of coronavirus
- This has raised concerns among users that they may have a respiratory infection
A popular health supplement leads people to mistakenly believe they contracted the coronavirus – because the side effects mimic the symptoms of the deadly virus.
Herbal supplement ArmaForce can cause users to lose their taste and appetite, and cause vomiting and abdominal pain.
Designed to help with colds and flu symptoms, the supplement contains ingredients such as andrographis and olive leaf.
Andrographis can affect people’s sense of taste, with some losing it all together – which is also a known symptom of the coronavirus.
The effects have made some people fear they have contracted the deadly respiratory disease, experts fear.
ArmaForce (photo) is an herbal supplement that has very similar side effects to the symptoms of the coronavirus
Pharmacists have reported an increase in people who are afraid of contracting the deadly respiratory infection because they have lost their sense of taste, according to Brisbane Times.
Company Blackmores, which makes ArmaForce, admitted it has seen an increasing number of people with the side effect in recent months – more people say it has used it.
A company spokeswoman said studies suggest ArmaForce is bought without professional health advice and is used for too long at too high a dose.
Since Blackmores became aware of the problem, it has moved to change labels to limit dosage and duration of use.
The company has also contacted pharmacists to inform them of the increase in reported side effects.
The spokeswoman said that monitoring products and reporting trends is a standard procedure.
Dr. Nick Yim said anyone who suspects they had COVID-19 should be tested (photo: passengers on flight from Melbourne to Sydney with health checks on July 6)
Dr. Nick Yim, general practitioner and council member of the Australia Medical Association in Queensland, said anyone who suspects they had COVID-19 should be tested.
He said this is independent of what supplements and medicines they use.
“Many GPs may not be aware that this is a side effect of ArmaForce, nor would many people mention that they use an herbal supplement when speaking to their physician,” said Dr. Kim.
ArmaForce is usually sold at pharmacies, but does not require a prescription.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Blackmores for comment.