Picking The Right Cold and Flu Medications

October 20, 2017

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The weather is starting to match the season in the heart of Florida and as we enjoy cooler temperatures we also must brace for the cold and flu season. The average household spends about $338 on various over-the-counter medicines and takes around 26 trips to the drug store annually to fight off aches, pains and fevers.  It's no wonder we spend so much and take so many trips as the cold and flu medicines have their own aisle and that leads to the big question, which medication should you use?  The Cleveland Clinic offers some help in a report (and great infographic you can see HERE) that suggest the right product based on your symptoms.  For instance for aches and pains, use acetaminophen. For a stuffy nose, use pseudoephedrine and for a sore throat and/or cough, use menthol or benzocaine.  To avoid annoying side effects, steer clear of multi-symptom products if you think just one ingredient will do it for you. And while you’re at it, avoid nasal sprays with phenylephrine and cough syrups with guaifenesin, as experts say they may not actually work.  However discussing over-the-counter medications for cold and flu should be had with your doctor to make sure these medications don’t interfere with your prescriptions.

SOURCE: Mental Floss

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