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Treat the specific symptoms you are experiencing to return to class sooner.
- Use single-ingredient medications to treat YOUR specific symptoms. As your symptoms improve, discontinue use of the medication treating that symptom.
- Long-acting medications used in Cold FAid minimize the number of times you need to take a mediation.
- Always READ the medication labels and informational inserts before taking the medications or lozenges.
Use: (at the start of a cold) sore/itchy throat, sneezing
Begin use of one Zinc lozenge at the earliest sign of a cold (within 24-48 hours of onset) and every 3 hours while awake, totaling 6 lozenges per day. for 3 days. Suck the lozenges; do not crunch them, as you need to coat your throat. Have a lozenge after a meal as you should not drink or eat anything for 15 minutes after ingestion. (Also do not have citric acid/citric juices 30 minutes BEFORE OR AFTER taking the lozenge.) For the first 3 days of your cold, you must use 6 lozenges per day in order to get the proper dose of zinc. (If you are ages 12 -17, use 4 lozenges per day.)
Use: runny nose, watery eyes
Take one tablet every 12 hours, usually at breakfast and dinner for the first 2 days and nights only. This antihistamine can make you drowsy. Use caution if driving. However, of the “first-generation” antihistamines, chlorpheniramine maleate is the least sedating. Do not chew or crush this extended-release tablet; swallow it whole. This allows for the proper slow dissolving/absorption of the medication.
Use: muscle aches, headache, temporary relief of a fever
Take one tablet every 12 hours, usually at breakfast and dinner. Duration of use is up to 7 days if needed for muscle ache, headache and/or temporary relief of fever. It is recommended to have this pill with food to avoid stomach upset. Drink plenty of fluids during the day as well, avoiding dehydration. Do not use Ibuprofen (popular trade names Advil or Motrin) when taking Naproxen Sodium. They are both the same class of medication.
Use: nasal stuffiness, sinus pressure
Take one tablet every 4-6 hours, usually at breakfast, lunch, dinner and bedtime for up to 6 days if needed., for nasal stuffiness and sinus pressure. Taking the tablet with food may decrease the chance of stomach upset. The decongestant used here does not cause drowsiness.
Pseudoephedrine is a well-known decongestant but is now regulated. It is no longer available over-the-counter. It has greater absorption than phenylephrine and may be more effective. If you find that the Phenylephrine is not providing adequate relief from nasal/ sinus congestion in the first 24 hours, you can buy Pseudoephedrine, a different nasal decongestant, in your local pharmacy. You will need to ask the pharmacist for the medication. You will need to show a valid ID. Pseudoephedrine should not be taken if you take diet pills, caffeine pills or ADHD medication. Do not take Pseudoephedrine if you are still taking Phenylephrine HCl. Pseudoephedrine HCl is available in 120 mg Extended-Release form for your convenience. (It is taken every 12 hours.) The GPS can help you locate a pharmacy closest to you.