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Why is it important to read the labels on flu medicine?

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It's important to read the labels on flu medicines because some products may have side effects you don't want. Some antihistamines can make you drowsy. That's why they're usually only in nighttime cold medicines. Decongestants can boost your blood pressure, so skip them if you have heart disease or high blood pressure. They might make you jittery or nervous, or keep you awake at night.

From: How to Treat the Flu WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Fitness;” “Fever;” “Ginseng;” and “Cold remedies: What Works, What Doesn't, What Can't Hurt.”

Medline Plus: “Fever.”

Stanford University Vaden Health Center: “What You Should Know About Medications.”

National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI): “Homeopathic Oscillococcinum for Preventing and Treating Influenza and Influenza-Like Syndromes.”

Lissiman, E. 2009; issue 3. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews,

Johns Hopkins: “Symptoms and Remedies.”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.

American Academy of Pediatrics.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 17, 2017

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SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Fitness;” “Fever;” “Ginseng;” and “Cold remedies: What Works, What Doesn't, What Can't Hurt.”

Medline Plus: “Fever.”

Stanford University Vaden Health Center: “What You Should Know About Medications.”

National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI): “Homeopathic Oscillococcinum for Preventing and Treating Influenza and Influenza-Like Syndromes.”

Lissiman, E. 2009; issue 3. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews,

Johns Hopkins: “Symptoms and Remedies.”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.

American Academy of Pediatrics.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 17, 2017

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