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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.

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Following is the demographic information reported by website visitors for Cold and Cough Medicines. Information below may include patient demographics as well as data for website visitors who might be researching on behalf of patients e.g. parents for small children. The data below may or may not be reflective of the complete patient population demographics for this medicine.:
User gender
3 out of 6 users are female.
Patients
Female3
Male3
Other0
Survey Participants: 6
User age
The most common user is 21-30 years old.
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< 211
21-304
30-400
40-500
50+0
Survey Participants: 5
User reported disease
No data has been collected for this survey
User exercise frequency
Users most commonly exercise once a week.
Patients
Once a week2
Twice a week0
Five times a week0
Everyday1
Survey Participants: 3
User smoking habit
2 out of 3 users do not smoke.
Patients
Smoke1
Do not smoke2
Survey Participants: 3
User alcohol consumption frequency
Users most commonly reported never consuming alcohol
Patients
Never2
One drink a day2
Two drinks a day0
More than two drinks a day0
Once a week0
Twice a week0
Once a month0
Survey Participants: 4
User body weight
1 out of 3 users report being overweight.
Patients
Overweight1
Not overweight2
Survey Participants: 3
User well-being
0 out of 3 users report having significant pain in the last 3 months.
Patients
Significant pain in the last 3 months0
No significant pain in the last 3 months3
Survey Participants: 3
User profession
The most common user profession is Engineer, IT or Software.
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Engineer, IT or Software2
Survey Participants: 2

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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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