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.

    20 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.

    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!

    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!

    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..

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