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Theraflu Flu Medication
I have had cold/flu like symptoms for a week and my pharmasist suggested that i take theraflu sever cold and flu medicine.. I still have these symptoms after a week of taking the medication. What should I take?
Cold: Get checked for allergies as long as you do not have fevers or chills. If you are coughing up colorful secretions then see your doctor for an antibiotic. Otherwise get plenty of sleep and eat well to get over this cold. Take a specific medicine for a specific issue. If you have pain take a pain reliever. Drainage, or congestion, an antihistamine or decongestant. Cough, cough suppressor. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you take mecication cold and flu or theraflu when you feel cold while you are taking lexapro (escitalopram) and seroquel?
Yes, you can: however, you must be aware that cold and flu medications can make you drowsy and when you take Lexapro (escitalopram) and Seroquel , they could magnify this side-effect. Make sure that you do not operate any machinery or drive. It may be a good time to rest , drink lots of fluids and take the time off. ...Read more
I took Zyrtec-D almost 12 hours ago thinking it's my allergies, but my nose won't quit & now my throat is scratchy. Can I try theraflu cold & flu now?
Yes: At 12 hours, you would be due for another dose anyway, and it sounds like the Zyrtec-D did not do you any good. Go for a different product (Theraflu sounds like a fine choice). Understand, though, the if there is a decongestant in the product (look at the active ingredients list), it may keep you awake if you're taking it around bedtime. ...Read more
My husband has had flu like symptoms for 3 days. Been treating it with thermaflu today he has developed a red rash with brownish black center.?
Rash; flu: Is the rash spread widely over his body or localized to a patch? Does it look like scabs? He may have chickenpox or developed shingles (reactivated chickenpox virus) from the stress of the flu infection. Should see fp asap for evaluation & treatment to prevent possible pneumonia or pain from shingles. Did he have a flu shot this year? ...Read more
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Depends/ comfort: Tamiflu is approved for such kids but must be started in the first 48-72 hrs to have any benefit & has many side effects that mimic flu symptoms. It can be helpful. Comfort measures that focus on maintaining fluid intake, rest & basic nutrition are a must. Avoid aspirin products. ...Read more
Hi, I have had a continuous flu for almost a year now and I have tried to get medication but it doesn't seem to go away. what can be the cause?
Not the flu: Influenza infection does not last or intermittently recur for several months. Persistent flu-like symptoms are likely caused by a problems with the immune system (immunodeficiency, rheumatological problem, or types of cancers). A complete physical with testing of your body systems is necessary to determine the cause of these symptoms. ...Read more
Meds in pregnancy :
It is best for you to consult with your Family
Practitioner who will assess you first before treatment. Most medicines have not been proven to be safe during pregnancy and are selected if the benefits outweigh the risks. Your doctor will help you to select these as per your individual risk factors. In addition there are important conditions like rubella that need to be considered. ...Read more
Fighting the flu: 1- frequent handwashing 2- cover your mouth when coughing/sneezing 3- avoid touching your face 4- avoid those who are ill 5- if you are ill, stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever subsides without using anti-fever medicines 6- while sick, avoid others http://www.Cdc.Gov/flu/protect/preventing.Htm. ...Read more
Influenza?: See pediatrician to make certain child has flu & not a cold or other respiratory infection. If it is flu, the antiviral med tamiflu can be used in infants based on their weight. Use tylenol (acetaminophen) for fever (not aspirin!). Sooner u see peds, sooner child can be treated. [selsun blue is for dandruff & seborrheic dermatitis, not flu]. This fall have child immunized against influenza as preventive measure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I have a cold and i need to take the Plan B pill, is it ok whil the Plan B pill is in my system to take cold/flu medication?
Yes in moderation: Yes, keep fluids up, take ibiprofen with food, neither med should be taken long term. ...Read more
Influenza testing: Pregnant women with Flu symptoms should be tested for Influenza. If the Influenza test is positive then antiviral medication should be started. If Influenza is not present then the symptoms may simply be a common cold or other virus. Over the counter medications for colds may be appropriate. An evaluation by a doctor should be done first ...Read more
Safe options: Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea.. Fever/ pain – acetaminophen. Rest! let your OB doctor know. ...Read more
Rest! Hydrate!: 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. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read more
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