Dr Oz: OTC Medications
Cold medicines can sometimes cause unwanted side effects. You may be taking cold medicine for one symptom, but on the package, it states it is for another symptom. Mixing medicines can also be dangerous. In this segment, Dr Oz introduced Dr. Keri Peterson, MD, to give you the best over-the-counter cold medicines to soothe your worst cold symptoms.
According to Dr. Peterson, you will get a cold at least 2- 4 times per year, and for adults, that number is even higher.
Colds can sometimes last up to a week and a half. (That’s a long time to be miserable.) The good news is that you can help alleviate some of those symptoms with over-the-counter remedies.
Dr Oz: Stuffy Nose Saline Spray
Stuffy Noses: The best solution for a stuffy nose is saline spray. Look for a purified water and sodium chloride combination. This is the purest version that contains no additives. As soon as you feel the cold coming on, squirt the spray in your nose. Dr. Oz asked whether the solution should be warm or room temperature and Dr. Peterson stated that it didn’t matter. The working component is the salt.
Dr Oz: Runny Nose Antihistamine
Runny Noses: The best solution for a drippy, runny nose is antihistamines. Dr. Peterson added that you should purchase the older brands because the newer brands cater to allergies and you want one for a common cold. Also, purchase one that contains 4-6 hours of relief. Because some of these antihistamines cause drowsiness, do not drive after taking. The antihistamine will alleviate your runny nose and sneezing.
Dr Oz: Sore Throat Ibuprofen
Sore Throat: The best solution for throat pain is ibuprofen, which reduces inflammation in the throat. Throat lozenges are not the best choice since they contain sugar and calories. Plus, excessive sucking on lozenges may cause damage to your teeth.
Dr Oz: Cough Suppressant vs Expectorant
Dry cough: The best solution is a cough suppressant. Look for a brand with DM on the label. Go for the 12- hour suppressant.
Wet cough: Purchase an expectorant. It will usually say this on the box. First, drink a glass of water to loosen up the mucus and then take the medication.