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have a cold. what should i take?

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Dr. Michael Klein
20 years experience Family Medicine
Depends on symptoms: The trick to treating a cold is to prioritize the worst of the symptoms. For example , if you have a stuffy nose, prioritize medicines for stuffiness, such as Pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine. Oxymetazoline (afrin (oxymetazoline) nose spray) is excellent and can be used with pills, but only for 3 days. For cough try mucinex-dm max strength- which has high dose guaifenesin. Ask pharm for help if you have high bp.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
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Dr. Patrick Melder
26 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Don't forget Tylenol and Motrin for throat pain... Use together if severe throat pain (without tonsillitis).
Dec 8, 2011
Dr. Michael Klein
20 years experience Family Medicine
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This is one of my favorite topics and I can write a three page essay on it, but above covers the basics. Try single symptoms medications when possible, but basically pseudephedrine/afrin/phenyfrine for stuffy nose, guaifenesin/dextromethorphan for cough, ibuprofen for facial pain. Ask pharmacist for help if overwhelmed, they know this stuff well!
Dec 7, 2011
Dr. Christopher Rathfoot
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Nothing if you can: At present there is not a good treatment for the cold. Many of the symptoms can be relieved with Motrin if something must be taken. The key with a cold is to be sure it is a cold and not push yourself and to afford yourself the time and rest to get over it.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Slade Suchecki
17 years experience Family Medicine
Agree - many times these things pass. Stay hydrated. Eat healthy and stay active. If your condition persists or worsens seek care from your Primary Care Provider.
Dec 31, 2011

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