A New Years Resolution: Part 1 Cold Medicine

The new year brings hope for change and improvement to many people. Each year, I write down what I did the previous year and what I would like to accomplish in the new year. Many times, there are the same goals, lose weight, eat better, work out more, you get my drift. This year I thought of something new to add to my list, one of my New year’s goals this year will be to share information with my clients, friends and family about things that I read and find interesting.

What’s the best cold Medicine?

This information is taken from Consumer Reports issue February 2020.

Drugstore shelves are lined with over the counter medications to relieve the effects of the common cold or flu. Fever, runny nose, body aches, cough, and more. However, there can be complications in taking many of these multi-symptom medications. Why? These remedies contain several active ingredients, and the more active ingredients a remedy has, the more likely it is you’ll be exposed to unnecessary side effects, say Leigh Ann Mike, Pharm.D., clinical associate professor of pharmacy at the University of Washington in Seattle. She advises as do the experts at Consumer Reports that we all should read labels very carefully as you may not realize what’s in that over the counter medicine you are taking. Here’s an example, many multi-symptom products contain acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol. If you take acetaminophen in addition to the cold medicine which may contain acetaminophen as well, you will most likely be taking more acetaminophen than what is recommended. Which is 4,000mg per day. More than this amount can lead to Liver damage. Consumer Reports and their experts recommend considering single-ingredient products instead. Try acetaminophen or Ibuprofen to sudue body aches and sore throats, and a separate medicine for other symptoms such as cough or congestion. If you can’t find the right items for all our symptoms, use a combination that targets only the symptoms you have.

Consider Natural remedies as well. Gargle saltwater for sore throats, take a steamy shower to help ease congestion and the age-old remedy have Mom’s Chicken soup.

I hope that you found this information useful if you did please share it with others.



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