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A 31-year-old member asked:

What are some otc medicines for the cold and flu?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Many available: Adults' over-the-counter medicines for colds are ok to use if one follows the labels' instructions, stays below maximum doses, and is not using more than one medicine of each type. Fever/pain reducers include tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin/advil. Cough meds include Robitussin (some people use dm, some avoid it). Decongestants and antihistamines include claritin-d, zyrtec-d, Benadryl +/- phenylephrine, sudafed.
Dr. Daniel McGee
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Oscillococcinum: Oscillococcinum is an otc homeopathic remidy that has been found to help reduce symptoms of cold and flu several studies. As it is homeopathic it isn't harmful and has no side effects and doesn't interact with any other medications. Worth a try-use as directed on the box.

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