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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.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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User gender
43 out of 57 users are male.
Patients
Female14
Male43
Other0
Survey Participants: 57
User age
The most common user is 21-30 years old.
Patients
< 2119
21-3027
30-408
40-502
50+3
Survey Participants: 59
User reported disease
Users most commonly suffer from Back pain.
Patients
Back pain3
Asthma2
Sexually transmitted disease (STD)2
Obesity2
Chronic pain (e.g., arthritis, migraine, fibromyalgia, neuropathy)1
Insomnia1
Other3
Survey Participants: 14
User exercise frequency
Users most commonly exercise once a week.
Patients
Once a week31
Twice a week2
Five times a week1
Everyday4
Survey Participants: 38
User smoking habit
35 out of 46 users do not smoke.
Patients
Smoke11
Do not smoke35
Survey Participants: 46
User alcohol consumption frequency
Users most commonly reported never consuming alcohol
Patients
Never26
One drink a day4
Two drinks a day2
More than two drinks a day0
Once a week8
Twice a week1
Once a month9
Survey Participants: 50
User body weight
15 out of 46 users report being overweight.
Patients
Overweight15
Not overweight31
Survey Participants: 46
User well-being
16 out of 42 users report having significant pain in the last 3 months.
Patients
Significant pain in the last 3 months16
No significant pain in the last 3 months26
Survey Participants: 42
User profession
The most common user profession is Other.
Patients
Student12
Engineer, IT or Software11
Other13
House Maker3
Marketing2
Government service2
Survey Participants: 43

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This page was last updated on 10/15/2017.
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