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Doctor insights on: Over The Counter Cold Medication Recommendations

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Can I give my baby over-the-counter cold medication?

Can I give my baby over-the-counter cold medication?

No: Although as parents we want to do everything we can to help our children, cold medicines have not been shown to be beneficial, and are potentially harmful to young children. In fact, over the last several years the government has begun removing these products from the market. ...Read more

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Can Pepcid (famotidine) be taken with cold medicine?Taken over-the-counter cold meds, liquid and pills, but have really bad heartburn.

Can Pepcid (famotidine) be taken with cold medicine?Taken over-the-counter cold meds, liquid and pills, but have really bad heartburn.

It's OK: Pepcid is a type of histamine blocker that is not found in any cold products. You need to be careful with cold meds because they have multiple ingredients. I advise my patients to take only OTC meds that have 1 ingredient! If you need pain relief - take ibuprofen. If you need cough suppressant - take robitussin (guaifenesin). If you need decongestant - take sudafed. Even I get confused in that aisle!!! ...Read more

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I developed cold symptoms three weeks ago. Runny nose, sore throat, cough. Took some over the counter cold medicine and sore throat and cough improved. Now runny nose and blocked sinus still persists resulting in wet cough at times?

I developed cold symptoms three weeks ago. Runny nose, sore throat, cough. Took some over the counter cold medicine and sore throat and cough improved. Now runny nose and blocked sinus still persists resulting in wet cough at times?

URI recovery: Viral upper respiratory tract infection (URI) is usually self limited but symptoms may linger awhile until full resolution. OTC de-congestion and cough medicine are appropriate for symptomatic relief and prescription antibiotics are usually not required. I suggest expectorant cough medicine and plenty hydration in daytime and suppressants at night time for better sleep. ...Read more

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I am pregnant and have a cold my symptoms are stuffy nose, sneezing, and headache is there any cold medicine over-the-counter i can take?

I am pregnant and have a cold my symptoms are stuffy nose, sneezing, and headache is there any cold medicine over-the-counter i can take?

Many: See your friendly pharmacist and they will review your symptoms and recommend the best product for your needs. Hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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Over the counter cold relief medications without acetaminophen or pseudoephedrine?

Over the counter cold relief medications without acetaminophen or pseudoephedrine?

Read labels: There are literally thousands of OTC medications for cold relief. If you need decongestion, try something like Afrin nasal spray but do not use it for more than 5 days else you may end up worse off afterwards. ...Read more

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Trying to get pregnant my last period started on 11 sep is it bad to take over-the-counter cold medications ?? Will that affect the baby this early

Trying to get pregnant my last period started on 11 sep is it bad to take over-the-counter cold medications ?? Will that affect the baby this early

Only if you must: Obviously, the preference is to get pregnant without potentially fetus altering medications. Once you know you are pregnant for sure, use medications judiciously and check with your treating OB MD first. ...Read more

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Can I give my baby over-the-counter medication for a cold?

Can I give my baby over-the-counter medication for a cold?

No: It's best to avoid OTC cold medicines as they may have bad side effects in young children. In addition, many of them do not seem to work well in young babies anyway so it's not worth taking any risks. Try saline nasal spray and a cool-mist humidifier instead. Upright positioning while sleeping may also be beneficial. Tlc and lots of fluids go a long way as well! ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter medication for a horrible cold?

What is the best over-the-counter medication for a horrible cold?

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. ...Read more

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What over-the-counter (otc) medications can I give my child for a cold?

What over-the-counter (otc) medications can I give my child for a cold?

None: These are no longer recommeded for children as the risk of the meds is greater than any benefit. I recommend for my patients just nasal saline spray, tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen, and plenty of liquids. ...Read more

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Recommendations for over-the-counter medications for internal vaginal sores?

Recommendations for over-the-counter medications for internal vaginal sores?

Internal Vaginal sor: Why u r looking for over the counter medication, see u physician , discuss w him his finding than ask about the most suitable treatment. ...Read more

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Is it possible to beat a head cold using home remedies no over-the-counter medications?

Is it possible to beat a head cold using home remedies no over-the-counter medications?

Common cold: yes. And no. You can certainly use many home remedies to make yourself more comfortable while the cold runs its course. Getting plenty of rest is also extremely important so the body can heal itself.
However, neither home nor current prescription remedies will actually get rid of the common cold. There is an old saying that a cold lasts 7 days if you treat it, but only a week if you don't. ...Read more

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Please describe a good over-the-counter medication or home remedy for a head cold?

Please describe a good over-the-counter medication or home remedy for a head cold?

Rest / fluids / rest: Best remedy for a head cold is to rest and drink plenty of fluids. Despite years of extensive research the most effective medicine is rest and fluids. Your body and immune system should take care of the rest.

Hope that helps. ...Read more

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I'm 3 and a half months pregnant, can I take over-the-counter allergy or cold medication?

I'm 3 and a half months pregnant, can I take over-the-counter allergy or cold medication?

Yes, some: Both Claritin and zyrtec are rated category b for pregnancy. These antihistamines can be effective and lack the drowsy side effects of medication like benadryl (diphenhydramine). It would still be a good idea to check with an ob/gyn. ...Read more

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I have been having a cough for the more than a month at first I thought it was just a regular cold I have tried Nyquil, and other over the counter medications nothing has helped I now get a blood taste when I cough sometimes with green mucus.

I have been having a cough for the more than a month at first I thought it was just a regular cold I have tried Nyquil, and other over the counter medications nothing has helped I now get a blood taste when I cough sometimes with green mucus.

Allergic cough??: You don't mention any fever or production of a lot of mucus or people nearby you(family, coworkers) being ill. That makes me think you might have a cough brought on by a post-nasal drip irritating the back of your throat and making you have a dry hacking, non-productive cough. If you have thickly feeling just a second or so before cough easily treated without antibiotics. (Benzonatate 200 q8h) ...Read more

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My husband was recently diagnosed with high blood pressure and is on 3 medications. What over the counter medications can he take for sinus/cold?

My husband was recently diagnosed with high blood pressure and is on 3 medications.  What over the counter medications can he take for sinus/cold?

One without deconges: Do not use a decongestant which will increase the blood pressure. He can discuss this with his physicains. Depending on his total health coud try Mucinex, (guaifenesin) nasal spray for 3 days but no more. ...Read more

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I have a cold and i've lost my sense of taste and smell. Is there any over-the-counter medication i can take that's not to expensive like mucinex (guaifenesin)?

I have a cold and i've lost my sense of taste and smell.  Is there any over-the-counter medication i can take that's not to expensive like mucinex (guaifenesin)?

Depends: If you just lost your ability to smell/taste in the past day or so, use oxymetazoline (afrin) 1 spray each nostril 3x a day followed 10 minutes later by using nasal saline irrigations (sinus rinse or neti poti). Only use the afrin for up to 3 days, saline can be used indefinitely. If your sense of smell is not back in the next 3 days, get checked out. ...Read more

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Hi , I have an ear ache any recommendation of home remedy or over-the-counter medication ?Thank you

Hi , I have an ear ache any recommendation of home remedy or over-the-counter medication ?Thank you

Ear pain: Does the ear ache when you pull on the ear lobe? If so you could have the start or a swimmer's ear. Try some alcohol in the ear canal to dry out any water that could have gotten behind any ear wax you had. Your ear could also have wax in it. If so, try some peroxide (hydrogen ) and it should bubble out. You may need a bulb syringe to assist in this regard. Use warm salt water to irrigate. ...Read more

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Is it ok to continue taking metformin even if i don't have polycystic ovaries anymore? Is it true it counters the effect of OTC pills (weight gain)

Is it ok to continue taking metformin even if i don't have polycystic ovaries anymore? Is it true it counters the effect of OTC pills (weight gain)

Yes: If you have Insulin resistance or even diabetes metformin is fine to take. Some people have lost weight on metformin, perhaps due to GI side effects. I haven't heard that it can interfere with diet pills but those can be dangerous on their own. ...Read more

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What over-the-counter drugs can you take for a cold when your diabetic?

What over-the-counter drugs can you take for a cold when your diabetic?

Many: You should check the container for summary of ingredients and make certain that it does not contain sugar. Whether you should or should not take a specific otc medication will depend in part on the type and severity of your diabetes and its associated complications. ...Read more

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I was told that over the counter drugs are not recommended to treat baby cold.why is this?

I was told that over the counter drugs are not recommended to treat baby cold.why is this?

They don't work: Over-the-counter cold medicines are not for babies. They don't work in babies (or young kids). Also, the ingredients in them are often not safe for babies and can cause serious side effects. Please talk to your pediatrician prior to giving any medicine to your baby (even if over the counter). Just because it's sold in stores or in baby aisle, doesn't mean it's safe. ...Read more

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I have common colds, cough and TMJ dysfunction. there are different over-the-counter and prescription drugs that i should take, is it safe?

I have common colds, cough and TMJ dysfunction. there are different over-the-counter and prescription drugs that i should take, is it safe?

Drug safety: I agree with Dr Sandler. Do not self medicate. Use medications that are recommended or prescribed by your physician or dentist.
TMJ dysfunction is usually caused by either chronic teeth grinding and/or clenching, or a bad bite. See your dentist for diagnosis and treatment. Medication will not cure TMJ dysfunction. ...Read more

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Is someone on biphentin , can he take cold medication?

Please use caution: Biphentin is a stimulant and thus caution is advised when using cold medicines containing decongestants (phenylephrine/pseudoepherine etc..). Medications such as plain mucinex, (guaifenesin) mucinex-dm, coricidin, Robitussin etc.. Are relatively safe when taken appropriately as instructed. So, i would avoid/minimize use cold meds containing decongestant. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What's the strongest pain medication that's over the. Counter ?

No answer: In my experience there isnot a great deal of difference in pain relief. The nsaids do tend to be more of a stomach irritant. ...Read more

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Can cold medication affect you scroteum area?

Can cold medication affect you scroteum area?

No: Not it shouldn't but be more specific about what your issue was (rash?) and when it occurred in relation to taking the med. ...Read more

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What's the best over-the-counter sleep medication?

What's the best over-the-counter sleep medication?

Most have same med: Generally, the otc sleep meds tend to include Diphenhydramine as their active agent ( otherwise known as benedryl) grogginess is its working side effect in most.There seems to be little benefit of any particular one over another. Some herbal preparations use meletonin with variable sucess. You might consider some simple cardio exercise (half hour) & a relaxing tub soak as a healthier alternative. ...Read more