I love a good flow chart. So a few years ago, (while I had a cold) I was looking through our medicine cabinet at all the different pills and syrups and was a bit confused by all the claims on the boxes.
Determined, I did some research on what the best (over the counter) medicine was for each symptom. So, while laying in bed getting over a cold, I came up with the following information and flow chart.
Stuffy Nose? -> Loosen your snot with Sudafed (phenylephrine or pseudoephedrine)
Cough? -> An expectorant will help. Get some Robitussin or Mucinex (guaifenesin) Note: Robitussin brand cough syrup also contains many of the medicines below. See bottle for details.
Fever? Sore Throat? Aches? -> Alternate between Advil and Tylenol (ibuprofen/acetaminophen)
Runny Nose? Sneezing? Water Eyes? -> You need an antihistamine. Benadryl or Allegra or Claritin (diphenhydramine or chlorpheniramine or fexofendadine hydrochloride or loratadine) should block them annoying histamines.
Natural Remedies -> Vitamin C, zinc, honey, hot tea, chicken broth, and plenty of liquids to stay hydrated.
Greg’s Cold Medicine Routine -> Emergen-C (vitamin c + zinc), and Theraflu (which covers all the above medicines in hot liquid form which, A) helps the body absorb them fast B) helps ease a sore throat)
Get well soon!
Disclaimer: I am NOT a medical professional nor is this advice intended to replace that of your doctor. I’m just a geek who had some time on his hands. Please don’t sue me.