counter cold remedies
Does it work? Maybe. Some evidence suggests that zinc lozenges (like Zicam and Cold Eeze) may ease symptoms and shorten the duration of the common cold, but most studies are small and don’t provide “robust” evidence of benefit, said Joy P. “I don’t recommend it,” she said. And there may be a drawback to some forms of zinc: In 2009, taking zinc nasal products was linked to a permanent loss of taste and smell in some people. So much depends on the treatment’s preparation juice, root and herb or tincture which can vary widely. One study found that echinacea pills were about as effective as placebo bills in shortening the length of a cold. What’s more, echinacea is closely related to ragweed. Allergic reactions to oral echinacea like rashes and gastrointestinal problems are uncommon. Over the counter decongestants relieve stuffy sinuses by shrinking the blood vessels that stop up the nose. Choose a product that contains pseudoephedrine (like Sudafed). You’ll have to ask for it at the pharmacy counter in 2005, the FDA put limits on how much an individual can purchase because pseudoephedrine is commonly used to make methamphetamine. That said, the drug is safe for most people and among the most effective cold remedies available. “The quick rule of thumb is if you can buy it without showing an ID, don’t bother. It’s not going to work,” said Ally Dering Anderson, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Those with high blood pressure should stick to spray based decongestants such as Afrin 12 Hour. This won’t stray into your bloodstream, said Alonzo.
Vitamin C in mega doses comes brightly packaged as Emergen C and Airborne, but there’s no concrete evidence that large doses of C can reduce the duration or severity of colds or the flu. Vitamin C is water soluble, so anything over the recommended dietary allowance which is 90 milligrams a day for men and 75 for women will be eliminated from the body when you urinate. ” for coughs and cold can be very effective,” Alonzo said. They can also help with fever. Anti inflammatory meds like Advil or Motrin (ibuprofen) or Aleve (naproxen) have the advantage of reducing tissue inflammation, but you should take Tylenol (acetaminophen) instead if you’re taking blood thinners to prevent blood clots or if you have stomach problems, congestive heart failure, or asthma and nasal polyps.