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What Cold Medications Can I Take?

You can take some over-the-counter cold drugs, but avoid products that are high in sugar. Some examples are cough drops or liquid medicines. Read the ingredients label carefully. Talk to your doctor if in doubt.

If you have high blood pressure, avoid any cold medicine that contains decongestants, which can raise it even more.

How Can I Avoid Colds?

Make sure you and your family members wash your hands regularly. There's no vaccine against colds, but talk to your doctor about getting a flu shot every year.

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Reviewed by Varnada Karriem-Norwood, MD on July 16, 2014
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