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Should You Treat Your Child’s Cold, Cough or Fever With OTC Meds?

I swallowed so many doses of over-the-counter (OTC) cold medication when I was a child. “Cough medicine” was my mother’s go-to remedy for colds. At the first cough or sneeze, she’d pull the bottles from the top kitchen shelf and carefully pour the viscous liquid onto a spoon, which she…

Cold Medicines Can Impact Those With High Blood Pressure, Heart Issues

With cold and flu season in full swing, people with high blood pressure that is not controlled well or who have heart disease need to be careful with over-the-counter cold medicines, as they may cause a spike in blood pressure. Many cold medicines contain decongestants and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs),…

The Cough After the Cold

If you are using cough drops to soothe a nagging cough, stop right now! They are doing you more harm than good. Is your cough lingering for days, even weeks, after the congestion and exhaustion of a cold or flu is gone? If you are using cough drops to soothe…

I Have the Flu or Flu-Like Symptoms. What Should I Take?

If you’ve noticed a lot of your coworkers or friends are sick with flu-like symptoms, you’re not alone. The CDC recently confirmed that a good portion of the the country is in the midst of “widespread and intense flu activity.” How bad is it? During the first week of January,…

What Actually Works in Fighting a Cold or Flu?

Drug store shelves are filled with an overwhelming number of remedies to treat the cold or flu. But which ones actually work? My mother had a strict rule when I was a child. If 1 of her 4 kids was sick enough to stay home from school, we got bed…

Can You Trust Homeopathic Medications?

A bad cold prompted MedShadow’s founder to find out more about Zicam, a homeopathic medicine. The lack of long-term data on the therapy was a concern. I have my first cold in years. My sister recommended Zicam, a homeopathic remedy based on zinc. So I checked out their website. On…

ACHOO! MEDSHADOW IDENTIFIES COMMON RISKS OF COLD AND FLU REMEDIES

Nonprofit educates the public about the side effects of medication, encourages the public to weigh risks and benefits first NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 2, 2015 – MedShadow, a nonprofit advocacy website that educates consumers on the side effects of medication, has expanded its coverage of the side effects of…

Tough Out a Cold or Medicate It? Good Question

A major issue with many OTC cold remedies is that they can swap cold symptoms with unwelcome (and possibly dangerous) side effects. Wander into the cold-and-flu aisle at your local drugstore and you’ll be joining many others trying to choose something — anything! — to ease the misery of cold…