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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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User gender
84 out of 108 users are male.
Patients
Female24
Male84
Other0
Survey Participants: 108
User age
The most common user is 21-30 years old.
Patients
< 2138
21-3056
30-4017
40-505
50+4
Survey Participants: 120
User reported disease
Users most commonly suffer from Other.
Patients
Back pain8
Asthma5
Obesity3
Sexually transmitted disease (STD)2
High blood pressure2
Hepatitis B2
Other10
Survey Participants: 32
User exercise frequency
Users most commonly exercise once a week.
Patients
Once a week46
Twice a week5
Five times a week4
Everyday15
Survey Participants: 70
User smoking habit
68 out of 97 users do not smoke.
Patients
Smoke29
Do not smoke68
Survey Participants: 97
User alcohol consumption frequency
Users most commonly reported never consuming alcohol
Patients
Never52
One drink a day4
Two drinks a day2
More than two drinks a day1
Once a week9
Twice a week3
Once a month14
Survey Participants: 85
User body weight
27 out of 86 users report being overweight.
Patients
Overweight27
Not overweight59
Survey Participants: 86
User well-being
30 out of 82 users report having significant pain in the last 3 months.
Patients
Significant pain in the last 3 months30
No significant pain in the last 3 months52
Survey Participants: 82
User profession
The most common user profession is Student.
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Student25
Engineer, IT or Software11
Accountant5
Pharmacist5
House Maker5
Marketing3
Other26
Survey Participants: 69

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This page was last updated on 12/15/2017.
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