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Over The Counter Cold Medication Recommendations
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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.
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
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
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
Does the counter medicine such as acetaminophen or cold medicine make the birth control pills less effective? Should I use backup protection?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Which over the counter allergy and cold medications work best with clonidine for children under 12 years of age?
Allergy: Please contact your child's doctor to decide what would be the best additional or new medication. ...Read more
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?
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
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
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)
Hey I wanted to ask wat over the counter medication you can recommend for the following symptoms of a bad cold: phlegm, chest pain caused by frequent coughing,minimal nasal congestion,no fever?
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
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 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
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
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
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