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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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Which medicine for my cold/flu is most effective?

Which medicine for my cold/flu is most effective?

No specific meds: Are required. 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 >>. ...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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I am having problem from runny nose and itchy eyes, itchy throats, I took medicine cold n flu but didn't work my nose is still running. Please help me?

I am having problem from runny nose and itchy eyes, itchy throats, I took medicine cold n flu but didn't work my nose is still running. Please help me?

Allergies: It sounds like you have allergic rhinitis, not a virus. You should take allergy medicine, like claritin, Allegra or zyrtec, with the decongestant if you don't have high blood pressure. Or see your doctor about a nasal steroid spray. ...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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Do medicine used to treat cold and flu duch as xylometazoline, neutralize the effect of prostate medications.

Do medicine used to treat cold and flu duch as xylometazoline, neutralize the effect of prostate medications.

YES: Many decongestants can cause bladder neck tightness and counteract prostate medications. Talk to your doctor to see if it is safe to stop the decong. Or change to one with less side effects. ...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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Bronchitis going around the office. I'm now coughing with phlegm and general flu symptoms. Do I need antibiotics or just push through with cold meds.?

Bronchitis going around the office. I'm now coughing with phlegm and general flu symptoms. Do I need antibiotics or just push through with cold meds.?

Coughing: Most upper respiratory tract infections are virusses. Even Bronchitis.... They are contagious and spread rappidly through contact. It runs its course 7-10 days. Mostly you can manage with symptomatic treatment. If you feel like it is getting worse, then see a doctor. Try not to get an antbiotic too quickly. ...Read more

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Have headache, stuffy nose, swollen glands, dizziness, chills, &sweating. Cold or flu? I take Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) for Pots/tachycardia. What cold meds should I avoid?

Have headache, stuffy nose, swollen glands, dizziness, chills, &sweating. Cold or flu? I take Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) for Pots/tachycardia. What cold meds should I avoid?

No Sudaphed: Afrin will help with nasal congestion, & when used correctly has little systemic effect. The drug alone can only be taken short time or stops working. I suggest U ask physician for prescription of Fluticosone Propionate which sprayed in nostrils & breathed in once daily can help U to take the meds longer. Reasonable to test for flu & take tamiflu if positive. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or ASA for other symptoms ...Read more

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Can I use tylenol (acetaminophen) allergy relief medicine but for a cold/flu?

Can I use tylenol (acetaminophen) allergy relief medicine but for a cold/flu?

Possible: Viral illnesses such as the flu are treated best by rest, increasing fluids (including "mom's chicken soup"), and supportive measures that can treat the symptoms. Tylenol (acetaminophen) allergy relief certainly can treat some of the symptoms that a cold or the flu can cause. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine for flu and cold symptomes?

What is the best medicine for flu and cold symptomes?

One or two medicines: Flu/Cold symptoms vary in each person. If you have a running nose, you should take a decongestant 1-2 times daily for 4-5 days. If you have aches and pains or fever, you can take Tylenol.
If you end up with persistent cough, you may need a cough medicine.
The good news is that colds/flu symptoms go away within 5-7 days whether you treat it or not. ...Read more

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Can someone get high and abuse daytime cold &flu medicine?

Can someone get high and abuse daytime cold &flu medicine?

Yes you can/some do: Unfortunately some people get high on on too much of one or combination of over the counter coldc and cough meds, especially younger people. ...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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How come "cold" and "flu" medicines make you sleepy?

How come "cold" and "flu" medicines make you sleepy?

Antihistamines can: Cause drowsiness. 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 ...Read more

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Is it possible for cold / flu medicine to make your gums swell?

Is it possible for cold / flu medicine to make your gums swell?

Possible: If someone is allergic to the medication. I have never run across this situation, but gums can swell for a variety of reasons. It also may be another cause and you are relating it to the cold/flu medicine.
I recommend seeing your dentist. ...Read more

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Can you give a 3year old, children's cold and flu medicine? If so how much?

AURI: If the colds is severe and kid can ' t breath good, try giving 1/2 tsp. 2x a day. No relief, increase dose to 1 tsp. Below 3 years old we do not give rx. ...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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Why don't anti-viral drugs work on the flu and colds?

Antiviral medicatios: In some situations antiviral medications (Tamiflu, Relenza, (zanamivir) Flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms of FLU to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. There are over 100 cold viruses that may mutate often. Colds are usually not severe. ...Read more

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What type of cold medicine is the best and safest for a head cold or flu?

Low dose: Benadryl (diphenhydramine), Claritin or Zyrtec. Force fluids. Zinc lozenges (Cold-Eze) Advil or Ale e. Tea and honey. Grandma's chicken soup. Rest and sleep,

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Taking Modafinil. Need to know night cold/flu/sinus drug that doesn't interact. If none, how much time needed between taking them?

Taking Modafinil. Need to know night cold/flu/sinus drug that doesn't interact. If none, how much time needed between taking them?

Modafinil: Assuming you are not experiencing any side effects such as fast heart rate, you should be able to take OTC cold medications in a moderate amount. You should maybe give your self a 4-6 hour window. ...Read more

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Can NyQuil/DayQuil be taken if you take Losartan 100mg? If not what recommendations for cold/flu day and night medicines do you have? Thank you!

Can NyQuil/DayQuil be taken if you take Losartan 100mg? If not what recommendations for cold/flu day and night medicines do you have? Thank you!

Mixing medications: Either of them should be fine. The dayquil contains a mild decongestant - phenylephrine which could potentially raise your blood pressure. One version of the nyquil contains pseudoephedrine which should be avoided in people with high blood pressure but in the US that would be behind the counter. I would say take whatever to help your symptoms and only for as long as you have symptoms. ...Read more

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What to do if I have taken cold and flu relief medicine which contains the equivalent of 2 paracetamol. I have taken them every morning. Is this bad?

What to do if I have taken cold and flu relief medicine which contains the equivalent of 2 paracetamol. I have taken them every morning. Is this bad?

Not good: Paracemetol is the equivalent of Tylenol (acetaminophen). You should not take more than the allowed amount of 4g per day. As long as you didn't take that much, you should be ok. ...Read more

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If I don't take my trazodone can I take NyQuil night time cold and flu medicine?

If I don't take my trazodone can I take NyQuil night time cold and flu medicine?

No: Consult your prescriber, but I believe Trazodone hangs around awhile in your system & may interact w/some OTC meds. Besides, I don't recommend the combination OTC cold meds bc they may contain unnecessary, & even dangerous, ingredients. For thick mucous, use plain guafenisin. For allergies, use otc certrizine. For runny nose that clear mucous, if no HTN, phenylephrine or sudafed ...Read more

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How exactly does cold and flu medicine work inside the body? When it enters the bloodstream, does it begin fighting the bacteria causing symptoms?

How exactly does cold and flu medicine work inside the body? When it enters the bloodstream, does it begin fighting the bacteria causing symptoms?

Treats symptoms: In general, Cough and cold medicine do not attack bacteria. Most of the time they provide symptomatic relief. For example, Ibuprofen or acetaminophen help with body aches and fever, pseudoephedrine helps with congestion, guaifenesin help loosen up mucus secretions. Antibiotics and antivirals typically attack infectious organisms. Ultimately it's your body that gets rid of the infection.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
1,922 Doctors shared insights

Colds And Flu (Definition)

A highly contagious viral infection of the respiratory passages causing fever, severe aching, and catarrh, and ...Read more