Using Common Cold Medicines Safely and Correctly

December 12, 2011 at 4:11 pm Leave a comment

The cold and flu season is here, along with its symptoms – nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, fever, headache, body aches, sore throat, cough and chest congestion.

The common cold is often associated with several of these symptoms occurring at the same time. Multi-symptom cold medicines are often used to treat the many symptoms that can accompany a cold or flu. Because they treat more than one symptom, they contain more than one active ingredient that treats a different symptom caused by the common cold.

Here are a few tips for the safe use of multi-symptom cold medicines:

  •  Always read the Drug Facts label carefully. The label tells you everything you need to know about the medicine including the ingredients, what you are supposed to use it for, how much you should take, and when you should not take the medicine.
  • You should choose a multi-symptom cold medicine that matches only the symptoms you have.
  • For liquid medicines, use the measuring device that comes with the medicine.
  • Certain multi-symptom cold medicines may interact with other drugs. Talk to your doctor or other healthcare professional before taking a multi-symptom medicine.
  • Some multi-symptom cold medicines may cause drowsiness or make you sleepy. Be sure to read the warnings on the Drug Facts label and do not use alcoholic drinks, which may make the drowsiness worse.
  • Talk to a healthcare professional before taking a multi-symptom cold medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Source: otcsafety.org

Entry filed under: Pharmacy, Safety.

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