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What should you consider the best medicinee or "home remedy" for the common cold/flu. Non- prescription?

What should you consider the best medicinee or "home remedy" for the common cold/flu. Non- prescription?

Treatment for cold: Stay home and rest--get lots of sleep, drink warm fluids, eat chicken soup, inhale steam from tea kettle through nose and breath in, take regular vitamins and extra vit c-1000mg, use zinc louzenges-dissolve slowly in mouth three times per day. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Common Cold (Definition)

An upper respiratory tract infection, or URI, is a condition where there is a viral infection of the nose or throat, causing redness and inflammation, runny ...Read more


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What are the treatment for cold and flu + a sore throat for a pregnant woman in 9 wks.Thanks?

What are the treatment for cold and flu + a sore throat for a pregnant woman in 9 wks.Thanks?

Depends on cause...: A cold caused by cold viruses is usually left alone, as even over-the-counter medications are usually avoided in early pregnancy. The flu caused by influenza viruses is treated by antiviral medication. A sore throat is tested to see if it is strep throat. If strep, antibiotics are needed (if not strep, the sore throat may be due to "cold viruses" or another cause). This all means seeing a doctor. ...Read more

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What are good remedies for a cold and flu?

What are good remedies for a cold and flu?

FLU: If you have the Flu hydrate well w water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. You can use pain relievers like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or NSAID’s. Rest A LOT! In some situations antiviral medications (Tamiflu, Relenza, Flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. ...Read more

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What is the best cold and flu prevention?

What is the best  cold and flu prevention?

Prevention: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching mouth, nose or eyes with unclean hands. Cough into crock of elbow. Stay away from people who are ill. Get your influenza vaccine. ...Read more

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Please answer! what medicines are best for cold and flu and fever?

Please answer! what medicines are best for cold and flu and fever?

For the Flu:: If you have the Flu hydrate well w water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. You can use pain relievers like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or NSAID’s. Rest A LOT! In some situations antiviral medications (Tamiflu, Relenza, Flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. ...Read more

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Can you tell me which medicines are best for cold and flu and fever?

Can you tell me which medicines are best for cold and flu and fever?

Flu ; cold: If you have the flu hydrate well w water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. You can use pain relievers like tylenol (acetaminophen) or nsaid’s. Rest a lot! in some situations antiviral medications (tamiflu, relenza, flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. ...Read more

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What cures illness faster? Such as fever, cold and flu. Medicines or home remedies?

What cures illness faster? Such as fever, cold and flu. Medicines or home remedies?

None: To be honest with you - none of the listed will cure it faster. It depends on your immune system and the severity of the flu. Both medications and home remedies only give you symptomatic relief. Tamiflu (oseltamivir) has been shown to shorten the flu for about 24 hours, but i've not been impressed with this medication and it is only effective if taken withing the first 24 hours since the onset. ...Read more

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Since yesterday I am down with cold and today I have noticed mild fever as well. Please suggest me the the best medicine to beat this cold and flu.

Since yesterday I am down with cold and today I have noticed mild fever as well.  Please suggest me the the best medicine to beat this cold and flu.

Symptomatic: You cannot cure the common cold. You can treat the symptoms and keep yourself well hydrated, rested and decongested. If this is influenza there is medication available but must be taken in first couple of days. See a doctor. ...Read more

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I took 1 mg of Xanax (alprazolam) 3-4 hours ago and just took 30ml of best choice severe cold and flu night time will i be ok?

I took 1 mg of Xanax (alprazolam) 3-4 hours ago and just took 30ml of best choice severe cold and flu night time will i be ok?

An added sedative: You do not mention the 30 mg cold/flu bed time liquid or syrup. It is usually promethazine or diphehydramine, which have some sedating properties. Together with 1 mg of alprazolam, will possibly cause some more sedation. Since you are a young woman, I believe you will probably will have trouble waking up, but I do not anticipate further complications. I would advise not to mix sedatives next time. ...Read more

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Will famvr help fight the common cold or flu?

Will famvr help fight the common cold or flu?

Neither.: Famciclovir is used to treat herpes zoster (shingles; a rash that can occur in people who have had chickenpox in the past). It is also used to treat repeat outbreaks of herpes virus cold sores or fever blisters & genital herpes. It doesn't cure herpes infections and may not stop the spread of herpes virus to other people. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a cold and flu?

What is the difference between a cold and flu?

Some overlap: Most people have frequent "colds" which are usually caused by rhinovirus, adenoviruses and others small viruses - the body usually confines these to the upper respiratory tract and usually fights them off in 2-5 days. Over 5-10 days the flu can spread down into the lungs, causes high fevers, muscle pain, joint pain and more rarely lead to severe pneumonia requiring ventilator support and death. ...Read more

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Please give advice on how to cure cold and flu?

Please give advice on how to cure cold and flu?

No cure: There is no cure for the common cold or the flu. There are symptomatic medications that can help you deal with the symptoms but usually the virus just needs to run its course. For the flu there are flu vaccines that work to try to prevent the flu but they are not foolproof. There are also some medications that can be taken at the first sign of flu to shorten the course of it. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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What are some OTC medicines for the cold and flu?

What are some OTC medicines for the cold and flu?

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. ...Read more

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What should someone with cold and flu do to ease the pain?

What should someone with cold and flu do to ease the pain?

Fluids, NSAID, aceta: Rest, fluids, aspirin, Ibuprofen or naprosyn (naproxen) (nsaids), and/or acetaminophen. Be careful if liver trouble with acetaminophen; no Aspirin or nsaids for kiddies; nsaids can cause gastrointestinal inflammation, ulcers, bleeding uncommonly. Read the labels. Check with your doc if any question, health issues or concerns. ...Read more

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Are medications that reduce symptoms due to cold and flu detrimental to recovery in the end?

Are medications that reduce symptoms due to cold and flu detrimental to recovery in the end?

Doubtful: Not that I am aware of. Cold tips: for sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * for congestion – saline nose drops or a netti pot. *for anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**for hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read more

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What to do if i had 7 500mg tablets, 5 cold and flu tablets and 5 antihistomenes will i be ok?

What to do if i had 7 500mg tablets, 5 cold and flu tablets and 5 antihistomenes will i be ok?

Don't know: what the actual tablets are. Please call Poison Control Hotline at 1-800-222-1222 ASAP. If you are sick - call 911 now. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is the difference between common cold and flu and should I take my medicine?

Can you tell me what is the difference between common cold and flu and should I take my medicine?

Flu vs Cold: In general, the flu will cause you to feel more ill than a cold will. Flu sxs can include fever, marked aching of muscles and joints ; significant fatigue (if these symptoms did occur with a common cold they would usually be less intense). Colds tend to lead to more nasal congestion than the flu. Most people do continue to take their regular medications. ...Read more

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What is the opinion on using umcka to fight the common cold? What about this flu that is spreading.

What is the opinion on using umcka to fight the common cold? What about this flu that is spreading.

Limited data: No clinical trials have been run in the United States. A couple of trials have been run in other countries that may show minimal benefit. A review of these trials concluded it "... May be effective in alleviating symptoms of acute rhinosinusitis and the common cold in adults, but doubt exists." it will probably not hurt, but personally, i wouldn't spend my money on it. ...Read more

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Husband had 2 tablespoons of children cold and flu, he weighs 256.We had nothing else.Only supposed to take 2teaspoons for 48-95lbs.Was that to much?

Husband had 2 tablespoons of children cold and flu, he weighs 256.We had nothing else.Only supposed to take 2teaspoons for 48-95lbs.Was that to much?

Probably: He took 3x the dosage you mentioned (3 tsp= 1 tablespoon) an adult dosage usually starts at 100 -120 pounds, 3 teaspoons would probably be an adult dose but would need to know the ingredients and the concentration per teaspoon to give you a more exact answer, . ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever = elevated body temperature (can be ...Read more