Looking for more effective cold medicine? While there are many cold medicines and treatments that soothe miserable cold symptoms, there is nothing that cures a cold. Still, some cold treatments can give you much-needed relief to help you wait it out until the cold is gone.
Cold medicines and treatments attack the cold symptoms, not the specific cold viruses. They don't cure the cold, but they can bring relief, lighter symptoms, or maybe even shorten your cold. Also, there's no one "perfect" cold medicine. What works for your symptoms may not help your best friend's cold symptoms. You may have to try two or three cold treatments to find the one that works best. But be sure to read the labels carefully. Don’t take medicines at the same time that have the same ingredients or have ingredients that would interact.
Mothers are celebrated (if sometimes vilified) for their eagerness to advise their children on matters big and small: how to behave, what to wear, whom to marry, when to have kids ... and, oh yes, how to stay healthy during cold and flu season.
Does science back up what Dr. Mom told you about the common cold? Or was she full of hot air? Here's what real doctors have to say about 10 familiar cold-busting tips:
If you have a runny nose or sneezing, then an antihistamine may be helpful. Over-the-counter antihistamines that contain diphenhydramine may make people extremely drowsy. Non-sedating antihistamines are also available over the counter and do not appear to produce significant drowsiness. Dry mouth is another common side effect. When using an antihistamine, use caution in operating heavy machinery or driving.
#2: Is it safe to take a decongestant if I have high blood pressure?
Decongestants, such as pseudoephedrine and phenylephrine, can increase blood pressure and heart rate. In general, if your blood pressure is well controlled with medications, then a decongestant may not be a problem as long as you monitor your blood pressure. There are decongestant-free cold medicines available over-the-counter, such as Coricidin HBP. If you have high blood pressure, it's a good idea to check with your doctor or pharmacist to find out what's right for you.