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Which Medicine Will Help Your Cold or Flu?

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EXPECTORANTS

MEDICATIONS:
Guaifenesin
 SYMPTOMS
 
FeverAches
Pains
CongestionSinus
Pressure
Runny
Nose
Watery
Eyes
CoughSore
Throat
 
Robitussin® X 
 
COMMENTS: Guaifenesin is an ingredient in many multi-symptom cough and cold medications. There is little evidence of its usefulness.

LOCAL ANESTHETICS

MEDICATIONS: SYMPTOMS
 
FeverAches
Pains
CongestionSinus
Pressure
Runny
Nose
Watery
Eyes
CoughSore
Throat
 
Benzocaine
Cepacol®
 X
 
Dyclonine
Sucrets®
 X
 
Phenol
Cepastat®
 X
 
COMMENTS: These medications are available as throat sprays and lozenges. In either form, these anesthetics provide short-term relief. Lozenges can pose a risk of choking and therefore should not be used by young children.

MULTI-SYMPTOM PRODUCTS

MEDICATIONS:
Acetaminophen/
Pseudophedrine/
Dextromethorphan
 SYMPTOMS
 
FeverAches
Pains
CongestionSinus
Pressure
Runny
Nose
Watery
Eyes
CoughSore
Throat
 
Tylenol® Cold
Non-Drowsy
XXXX XX
 
Maximum Strength
Tylenol® Flu
XXXX XX
 
COMMENTS: Non-drowsy.
 
 
MEDICATIONS:
Acetaminophen/
Pseudophedrine/
Chlorpheniramine
 SYMPTOMS
 
FeverAches
Pains
CongestionSinus
Pressure
Runny
Nose
Watery
Eyes
CoughSore
Throat
 
TheraFlu®XXXXXXXX
 
COMMENTS: Can cause drowsiness and should not be taken before driving or operating machinery.
 
 
MEDICATIONS:
Acetaminophen/
Pseudophedrine/
Dextromethorphan/
Doxylamine
 SYMPTOMS
 
FeverAches
Pains
CongestionSinus
Pressure
Runny
Nose
Watery
Eyes
CoughSore
Throat
 
NyQuil®XXXXXXXX
 
COMMENTS: Can cause drowsiness and should not be taken before driving or operating machinery.
 
 
MEDICATIONS:
Acetaminophen/
Caffeine
 SYMPTOMS
 
FeverAches
Pains
CongestionSinus
Pressure
Runny
Nose
Watery
Eyes
CoughSore
Throat
 
Aspirin-Free Excedrin®XX X X
 
COMMENTS: Caffeine may not be tolerated by some people and may cause dehydration.
 
 
MEDICATIONS:
Ibuprofen/
Pseudoephedrine
 SYMPTOMS
 
FeverAches
Pains
CongestionSinus
Pressure
Runny
Nose
Watery
Eyes
CoughSore
Throat
 
Advil® Cold
and Sinus
XXXX X
 
COMMENTS: Non-drowsy.
 
 
MEDICATIONS:
Fexofenadrine/
Pseudoephedrine
 SYMPTOMS
 
FeverAches
Pains
CongestionSinus
Pressure
Runny
Nose
Watery
Eyes
CoughSore
Throat
 
Allegra-D®  XXXX  
 
COMMENTS: Allegra-D is available by prescription only.

WebMD Medical Reference from the American Lung Association

Reviewed by Cynthia Dennison Haines, MD on October 01, 2005
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