Cold and Cough Medicines

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Sneezing, sore throat, a stuffy nose, coughing -- everyone knows the symptoms of the common cold. It is probably the most common illness. Every year, adults get about 2-3 colds, and children get even more.

What can you do for your cold or cough symptoms? Besides drinking lots of fluids and getting plenty of rest, you may decide to take medicines. There are lots of different cold and cough medicines, and they do different things.

  • Nasal decongestants - unclog a stuffy nose
  • Cough suppressants - quiet a cough
  • Expectorants - loosen mucus so you can cough it up
  • Antihistamines - stop runny noses and sneezing
  • Pain relievers - ease fever, headaches, and minor aches and pains

Before taking these medicines, read the labels carefully. Many cold and cough medicines contain the same active ingredients. For example, taking too much of certain pain relievers can lead to serious injury. Do not give cold or cough medicines to children under four, and don't give aspirin to children. Finally, antibiotics won't help a cold.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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User gender
7 out of 11 users are male.
Survey Participants: 11
User age
The most common user is 21-30 years old.
< 212
Survey Participants: 12
User reported disease
Users most commonly suffer from Sexually transmitted disease (STD).
Sexually transmitted disease (STD)1
Hepatitis B1
Survey Participants: 3
User exercise frequency
Users most commonly exercise once a week.
Once a week5
Twice a week0
Five times a week0
Survey Participants: 7
User smoking habit
6 out of 8 users do not smoke.
Do not smoke6
Survey Participants: 8
User alcohol consumption frequency
Users most commonly reported never consuming alcohol
One drink a day2
Two drinks a day0
More than two drinks a day0
Once a week0
Twice a week1
Once a month0
Survey Participants: 9
User body weight
2 out of 8 users report being overweight.
Not overweight6
Survey Participants: 8
User well-being
2 out of 7 users report having significant pain in the last 3 months.
Significant pain in the last 3 months2
No significant pain in the last 3 months5
Survey Participants: 7
User profession
The most common user profession is Engineer, IT or Software.
Engineer, IT or Software2
Government service1
Survey Participants: 6

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Don't Give Kids Cough Syrup That Contains Codeine, FDA Says : Shots - Health News : NPR

The agency expanded its warnings about prescription cough and pain medications that contain the narcotics codeine or tramadol, saying they can cause dangerously slow breathing in some kids.

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