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what is the best medicine for a cold?

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Dr. Barton Butterbaugh
40 years experience Family Medicine
Initial Cold Therapy: Most upper respiratory infections have a viral etiology. The symptoms should be treated with antipyretics (i.e., tylenol), additional rest, and copious fluid (water) consumptions per day. The symptoms usually resolve within 7-10 days. If they do not, or a fever ensues, you should seek the evaluation of your family physician/ internal medicine physician asap.
Answered on Jul 3, 2015
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Dr. Michael Silverman
Specializes in Infectious Disease
Tough answer: Very difficult to say but best med is one which makes you feel better...Tylenol (acetaminophen) advil are both effective.
Answered on Feb 1, 2015
Dr. Michelle Marcincuk
24 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Depends: Depends on your symptoms: fever: tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen congestion: sudafed, saline cough: dextromethorphan drainage: guaifenesin note that cold and flu medications may contain one or more of these ingredients. Read the label for the "active ingredient" and make sure you are not doubling up on any particular ingredient as this can cause severe side effects. Only take what your need for your symptoms.
Answered on Sep 13, 2015
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