Meth may fight flu virus, study suggests

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Source : Fox News

The synthesization of methamphetamine, seen in the photo in its crystal form, leaves behind long-lasting hazards. (Psychonaught)

Meth kills brain cells, fuels tooth decay, loads the body with toxins and weakens the heart, muscles and immune system. But the otherwise body-wrecking drug may also have flu-fighting properties, new research suggests.

A group of scientists from the National Health Research Institutes in Taiwan set out to study how methamphetamine interacts with influenza A virus in lung cells. Previous research has suggested that chronic meth abuse makes individuals more susceptible to pathogens such as HIV. The team wanted to investigate how the drug might reduce users’ resistance to flu viruses.

They took cultures of human lung epithelial cells, exposed them to different concentrations of meth and then infected them with an H1N1 strain of human influenza A. By 30 to 48 hours after infection, the meth-treated cells had a much lower concentration of the virus than the control group, the researchers reported. What’s more, this reduction occurred in a dose-dependent manner, meaning the more meth, the less the virus reproduced.

“We report the first evidence that meth significantly reduces, rather than increases, virus propagation and the susceptibility to influenza infection in the human lung epithelial cell line,” wrote the researchers, led by Yun-Hsiang Chen.

No doctor would recommend that you take up a meth habit to fight the flu this winter, but the researchers said their study could help find other, safer compounds that have the same effect.

“This finding strongly encourages future work to investigate whether other compounds, structurally similar to meth, can inhibit influenza A virus production and be used to prevent or alleviate influenza A virus infection,” they wrote.

Their study was published online Nov. 6 in the journal PLoS ONE.

35 COMMENTS

  1. The whole country should give anything they can give to fight the virusWITHOUT EVEN ONCE THINKING WHATS IN IT FOR ME . IF YOUR OUT THERE TRYING TO MAKE MONEY ON THE ILL YOU NEED TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY.GOD BLESS US ALL. HELP WHEN YOU CAN WITHOUT REWORDS JUST CUZ ITS THE RIGHT THING TO DO LOVE THY NIEGHBOR HELP WHEN YOU CAN AND LOVE WITH YOUR WHOLE HEART NEVER STOP…..

  2. I knew it too… It’s nice to see some research being done on this. I know a person who’s been a regular user for close to 20 years. He claims he has never gotten sick or has had the flu. What’s strange he said, is that on a few different occasions he has gotten the common cold but it would only last for about 20 minutes, then it just disappears (runny nose, congested). Aside from that, he can’t remember the last time he even had a sore throat. Obviously, more open minded research is the key to understanding what’s behind it’s defensive nature against viruses.

    • I hate to say it but I am living proof. I am not a tweeker as they call some. Infact to look at me you would never guess I self medicate. It really is not much different then aderall, in fact I’ve heard aderall is stronger. The only difference is the government can’t tax it and that’s why when someone gets caught making it the legal charges “violation of the controlled substance act”. Meaning your in big trouble if your caught playing pharmacists without a license to do so. Any ways, I have a really good immune system. I’m 46, and I look as if I’m in my early 40S. I’m not thin with big soars on my face. I don’t use needles I smoke it. I have not been sick with covid. However I have zinc and tonic water on hand just in case. I thought I was starting to get sick, however I drank tonic water, took about 60mgs of zinc and smoked along with ate some hot homemaid chicken noodle soup and I was fine the next day. However everyone I know that smokes meth none of them are sick. Just fyi, I’m a business women, I’ve always had problems concentrating and this just helps me focus. And I complete every task I set out to complete. Maybe I handle it differently but after using for 6 years, being clean for 9 and then relapsing for 6 years, this go around is alot different. I control my addiction. I am productive, can save money and like I say I don’t look as if I’m a user. I’m sure there are thousands of people that are addicted to it that are in politics and or our legal system and no one would even know it. However, I can attest to not ever getting sick. I have the rh- factor in my blood as well so even before i used, I have never really had virus issues. Maybe someone should look into the rh- factor to being a cure to Covid 19 as well.

      • I agree with u & u even said it better thn me! I stay 100 tho ma and trust me just bcoz we are users and dont b “looking like a typical tweaker”….still it just means u r a functional addict! Im sure happy i read ur comment becoz u said it very well kudos 2 u mamas stay up and honest as u already r much love 2 u!

      • I agree with everything that you have said! Thank you for your time spent on replying, although it is not advisable for any of us to chemically medicate as it has so many more ‘Negative / Side affects’ than positive ones. Been in hospital 3 times in 35+ years. 2 for children 👶 & the other was for removal of my impacted wisdoms.
        Stay safe

  3. I BELIEVE IT!
    I KNOW THAT DURING MY USE AS AN “ADDICT” * BEING SAID PER SAY (As i consider my addiction in being used for self medication purposes) but ….
    I CAN SAY THAT DURING A TIME WHILE I BATTLED “SWINE FLU” IN BED ABOUT A FULL LENGTH OF 10 DAYS COULDNT DO MUCH ANYTHING BUT FIGHT HOT COLD TEMPS EAT A LITTLE AT A TIME DRANK AS MUCH FLUIDS I COULD AND THE ONLY WAY I WAS ABLE TO PREVENT VOMITING WAS USING METH IT CURVED MY NAUSEA AND GAVE ME ENOUGH ENERGY TO SIT UP MOVE AROUND A LITTLE BIT AT A TIME WHICH I KNOW HELPED STRENGTHEN MY IMMUNE SYSTEM AT THIS TIME AS I CAN NOT FIND WORDS TO DESCRIBE HOW SICK THIS FLU MADE ME. I COULDNT GET MYSELF TO HOSPITAL TO FIND OUT WHAT THE CAUSE OF MY ILLNESS WAS UNTIL THAT 10TH DAY WHICH IS WHEN I WAS INFORMED THAT I HAD “SWINE FLU” AND ON MY OWN WITH NO ANTIBIOTICS NO RX MEDICATION NO HOSPITAL NO DRS ONLY A FRIEND WITH SOME MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE FLUIDS AND 19 HRS SLEEP DAY USING METH, OTHERWISE MY BODY PROBABLY WOULD OF GONE INTO A COMA HAD I NOT USED. THIS IS ONLY MY OPINION BUT HAD ANYONE BEEN THERE TO WITNESS OR EXPERIENCE THE SAME THEN ID BET MY LIFE THOSE WHO MAY OBJECT TO THIS NOW WOULD NOT OBJECT HAD THEY BEEN THERE. I CAN PROMISE THAT. * AS MY STATEMENT IS TO BE RECOGNIZED THAT IM SPEAKING ON TERMS OF RELATION TO USE OF METH WITH FLU AS IT NOT TO MISTAKEN THAT METH USE DOES HAVE ITS SIDE EFFECTS AND OR CAUTIONARY GUIDELINES TO CONSIDER JUST AS ANY OTHER CONSUMED DRUG OR HERB USE WOULD.

  4. I’m going to go with that these flus have a life span to run their course, but speeding up your heart rate metabolism runs the flu too fast and lacks the he required time to matastasize into something worse and then poof it’s fine because it’s does up to point it can’t filly devope.

    Thwt bring said, the first paragraph , wether it for disclaimer reasons or not, but it does come with some fairly nasty side effects. It’s nit a case of what dintt kill ya makes ya stronger. More a case of if the thunder don’t get ya, the lightning will. Not saying, just sayim.

  5. I agree that while using for 10 years straight I never got as much as a runny nose .But after I stopped using I was catching colds really easily,especially when I smoked marijuana I got really sick really easily and was hard to get over with.So as long as you keep using meth and have unlimited supply of meth you won’t get as much as a runny nose I can vouch for that .

  6. I knew this 15 years ago.. when the government cracked down on Sudafed.

  7. I am a regular user…I also have G6PD Deficiency….it’s an immune system disorder…. I started to have vivid symptoms….id get a bad headache, fever, my lungs feel tight, like I need albuteral, the runs, sniffles and a cough, when I was crashing… Or coming down… After I’ve rested. When I resume getting high…. My symptoms leave instantly…. The cure is somewhere in the meth….
    Not trying to spread false info…. Im currently experiencing this!

    • i contracted covid 19 virus 10 days ago.
      fever of 102
      cold sweats
      loss of taste buds
      swore throat
      shallow breath, and all the
      rest of the symptoms.
      i was a heavy glass/crystal meth user years ago and never caught any flu of any kind period while on it.
      so i bought .25 of a gram dissolved it in fruit punch drank it and within 45 minutes my symptoms
      were residing.
      the facts are that COVID 19 is a poison.
      but meth is a stronger than covid 19.
      covid 19 attacks normal cells and replacates
      them into covid 19 cells.
      meth lung cells exposed to the
      19 virus rejected and blocked covid 19 and kills it so it cant replicate. IM LIVING PROOF THAT IT WORKS
      it must be administered about 1/4 gram twice a day to be effective to take affect depending on your weight

  8. Yeah Meth is not good ,but should have to say that it has helped with my ADHD where I used to have a hard time staying focused on anything and when I started using meth I was able to finish everything that I started. Plus I haven’t really been sick at all and if I feel a cold coming on it disappears within a day or so.. So there is something to meth that helps some people stay focused and it seems to fight against colds and the flu too.. Now if we can just refine meth and take out the bad stuff that harms the body we might just have something there that’s worth using..

  9. I agree JDOG. While I am not condoning drug use regardless of where it’s manufactured or sold. All drugs have known side effects, often worse than the purposed benefits (especially for those unlucky ones who fall into those little categories of “in 2% of patients reported side effects are….” etc.) But that said this is definitely worth looking into. Wouldn’t you prefer losing teeth over losing your life to coronavirus? (FYI Most antidepressants cause dry mouth and eventually the result is tooth lose). I definitely think we need to explore the possibility of meth in the war against this pandemic.

  10. I’m pretty sure I’ve had covid-19 twice the first time with much self-medication what they call meth lasted about two days Hit me hard fast the more medication I used the better I felt couldn’t breathe very good my lungs were tight extremely hard to breathe for about 3 days 4 days I only felt sick for about 2 the second time really hard to breathe lungs got tight couldn’t catch my breath kept losing my breath same as the first time except for the second time I didn’t feel sick

  11. Just about every medication has side effects a page long. Yet we take certain meds to help with whatever illness we are having anyway.
    If meth can help fight viruses, then it is time to let the world know to help those who are fighting to breathe.
    Any drug taken in excess is going to take its toll on a human. But methicating may help people live and the world beat the corana virus.

  12. Hi all, I heard about this from a friend of mine. Let me start off by saying this is from a 2012 study and was effective against the H1N1 influenza virus. Covid 19 is a corona virus. To date there has been no study done on using methamphetamine to treat for covid 19. However the main ingredient in methamphetamine is made with
    Pseudoephedrinehydrochloride . Pseudoephedrinehydrochloride is also the main ingredient in decongestants. There has been several papers done on this. The only difference I can see. Is that when they make the illegal drug they are removing the oxygen molecule from the molecular chain.
    There is obviously something to this and it should be looked into. It could have the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives. Unfortunately due the anti drug laws in the United States. The research would have to be conducted in a different Country. Because no matter how noble or worthy the cause is. You would still be looking at 10 years in prison!

    • Yes! What is really sick is that because of the source of with a very strong potential to save lives, our governments are instead allowing people to dye! I mean we are talking a world-wide PANDEMIC, who gives a damn where or how cure might present. It should be our decision. Thus, by omission we are having very real life and death choices stripped from us. That is Genocide!!! What are you prepared to do? I have adult children….I would like to see grandchildren and I am 58 with COPD-Pass the pipe please and shove your dangerous vaccine they wish to force on us right up B Gates Ass!

  13. I think this is true, I caught the Covid 19. I was coughing non stop all night my chest was very tight. A friend of mine came by to check on me, yes I was on quarantine and notified him I was sick but he insisted. Being sober from Meth for almost half a year, he told me it would help. So I took a few hits and oddly my coughing calmed down and my lungs were not as tight..

  14. Well I hear Meth was made by Team Hitler. If my memory serves me correctly it was made specifically to make super soldiers. Soldiers that never Sleep. Soldiers that are stronger. Don’t need as much food and NEVER GET SICK… Welp Unlike the taking over of the world. Hitler actually accomplished something…. I was on quarantine for 2 months. Eager as hell to leave my house I went into hollywood to check on my equipment at my job. I had on gloves and a mask. Being very careful still wasn’t enough. I was getting back in the car and my sunglasses fell half off I grabbed them an put them back on my face only to realize I was toughing all on my face with the same gloves that touched the gas station door handle, the drink fridge door, the debit machine, the gas pump (Major links there), and who the hell knows what else.. I’d been changing gloves like crazy because I have chronic athsma but this time just force of habit touched all on my face.. I was a bit worried but it was too late.. 4 days later after being in the house again… Burning in my nose started. It was runny before I went to bed… I woke up and my lungs sounded like a pool filter… My sweat was so cold it almost burned…. I was coughing and it hurt… The shivers led me to believe I was at least 103 in temp. I’ve been sick quite a lot when I was a kid and after my last X-ray my doctor told me straight up. Don’t get this covid shit. It’ll be too much for you… I immediately jumped online and found a few articles.. I’m a google master so all that Vitamin C powder shit didn’t show up.. I knew the best thing to do was to type ILLEGAL Miracle drug Covid 19… and Wham!!! This article popped up.. I went to an artist friends house. He offered me food and I declined.. As the coffe I just ordered had absolutely no taste.. YUCK!!! He gave me 2 grams or crystal and I headed back to the house.. By this time.. My pool filter breaths had gotten to the point of “It’s time to go to the hospital”… I loaded the bubble. I’d been clean for about 8 years but It was like riding a bike… I took some huge hits and started pouring sweat.. I jumped in the hot shower… Got out smoked some more… Hacked up a baseball sized chunk of mucus and I could breath again.. 4 minutes later the shakes were gone…. 10 minutes later the fever was gone… 30 minutes and I could taste again… an hour and my nose stopped burning…. A month later I’m addicted to it and if I stop for more than 2 days it all comes back slowly.. Almost as If I still have it… But the drug is curving the Metastasizing.. Afet 2 weeks now.. I’m going to stop again and Hopefully after some withdrawals I’ll be free of illness.. I gotta say IDK what it was that made me just go for it (Probably the excuse to get high again). But I am living proof.. I was knock knock knockin on heaven door… No doubt… I would’ve been hooked up to a vent no doubt!!! I was fucked off in the game really bad until I picked up and smoked.. If It wasn’t covid there’s some other really nasty shit out there nobody on god’s green earth wants to catch and it has everything covid signs you up for!!!! Meth is bad but not as bad as a close minded medical system… Anyone in my family gets sick… Better believe I’m showing up with a bag and a bubble on deck… And they’ll thank me for making them get high..

  15. I have been using for 20 years on a daily basis. Only have gotten colds but never the flu. I don’t know any meth users that have gotten the flu. I read the study that was done in Taiwan. It does not fight the flu if you are not a regular user already. If you are not a regular meth user than you still can catch the flu because the meth compromises your system. But if you are a regular user, your body has already learned to adjust to the meth so your system is not compromised and it does stop the virus from replicating after the first 24 hours of contracting the flu.

    They should try studying the effects of meth here for medical purposes. I know people who have had allergies all their lives until they became meth abusers and then they no longer had it, even after they had quit using meth years later.

  16. been an speed addict 48 yrs, fully functional, success in every job ive had including military (promoted to E6 in 5 years) started college after age 50, earned my degree in 3 years HVAC, Electrician 24 years, Executive Chef 25 years never missed a day of work from illness. Had to fake illness just to get a day off sometimes (in my later years), ride bicycle, walk daily. The only time I feel any inkling of illness is if I am out of dope. 1 bowl and im cured. I can do without it if there isnt any around, which is rare. I still have all my body functions, brain function, and feel like I have a lot of years left. The main side effect I have noticed over the years is that it hurts most people in their wallets, and some people just get ” dope fucked “, and the dope controls them. In the process of putting it down. I still consider it medicinal, and will reserve it in my bag of medicinal fixes.

  17. FDA approved methamphetamine is called Desoxyn ( so it is legal in the US ) so they should have studied here to look into meth Curing covid, flu , colds etc.?
    My husband is living proof as well… and he has underlying conditions (emphysema and heart issues) but he laid in bed with it for 4 days then i read about the studies in Taiwan so as a last resort before hospital he tried it and within 4 hours he was fine! No question in my mind !

  18. I contracted covad 19 on April 3rd. I felt like I was drowning and could not breathe. I slammed injected a 0.25g of meth IV. A warm sensensation rushed though my body. I began Coughing as all the fluid became loose in my lungs. Everything blocking my airways was able to loosen and come up freeing me to breathe. The next day I went to Hospitol in NYC on 168 st . Presbyterian. They tested me all weekend and confirmed the virus was dead and I had the antibodys. Everyone I have spoken to who smokes meth daily has Not been sick. I have watch a 77 yo who has not practiced social distancing who uses once a day and he has not been exposed to others who have been sick but he has not. I’m makeing this clear I don’t recommend it but it saved my life and has protected me. These statements are 100% true and can be validated.

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