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Medicamentos homeopáticos mais comercializados na pandemia de COVID-19 no município de João Pessoa/Paraíba / best-selling homeopathic medicines during the COVID-19 pandemic in the municipality of João Pessoa/Paraíba

Sousa, Maria do Socorro; Neto, José Nunes de Queiroz; Figueredo, Climerio Avelino de; Costa, Danielly Albuquerque da; Dantas, Maria Beatriz Pragana.
Rev. homeopatia (São Paulo) ; 84(1): 77-83, 2023.
Article in Portuguese | LILACS, HomeoIndex (homeopathy) | ID: biblio-1426375
On December 31, 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) received the first communication about a pneumonia outbreak in the city of Wuhan, which was caused by a new coronavirus. In Brazil, the first case was registered in February 26, 2020, and after 21 days the State Health Department of Paraíba announced the first case of COVID-19 in this state. One of the options used by the population to what was considered prevention against the COVID-19 was the homeopathic medicines. This research aimed to identify the best-selling homeopathic medicines in homeopathic drugstores in the municipality of João Pessoa, in the period from January to September 2020. The data was collected in an interview with the owners of the homeopathic drugstores, which answered to a previously designed questionnaire. The study evidenced an expressive enhance in the selling of homeopathic medicines starting from March 2020 in the research drugstores. The most commercialized medicines, in order of frequency, were: Camphora, Arsenicum album, Gelsemium, Oscilococcinum, Influenzinum, Antimonium tartaricum, Carbo vegetabilis and Aviarium. The data found in this study suggest that the incidence flow of Oscilococcinum and Influenzinum was higher in the initial months of the Pandemic, probably, because of their indication as a preventive, and the expressive enhance of Camphora and Arsenicum álbum in the months of April, May and June, 2020 reflect the indication of these medicines not only as preventive, but also in the cases that the illness is confirmed.
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