Every cold needs a good Strategy
There is no cure for the common cold, but there are benefits from certain medications at certain times.
For Days 1 to 3, all four medications are used according to the above Strategy.
For Days 4 to 7, if a specific symptom has cleared, discontinue use of the medication treating that symptom.
Note: Use all of the zinc lozenges (6 per day for 3 days). For the other medications, more tablets are provided than needed, in the event you misplace a tablet.
COLD RELIEF LOZENGES: Zinc Lozenges
Use: Sore throat, Runny nose at the onset of a cold
Strategy: One zinc lozenge at the earliest sign of a cold (within 24-48 hours of onset) and every 2-4 hours, taking 6 lozenges per day for the first 3 days only. Suck the lozenges; do not chew. Do not swallow whole; do not lay down until lozenge has dissolved.To coat your throat, use after a meal as you should not drink or eat anything for 15 minutes after ingestion. (Also, do not have citric fruits or citric juices 30 minutes before or after taking the lozenge. They deactivate the zinc.) Six lozenges per day provide the proper dose of zinc for ages 18+. (Cold FAid™ is recommended for ages 18+. Ages 12 -17 years old use 4 lozenges per day as per the manufacturer.) Metallic taste and mild nausea are the most common side effects. Power through those as the benefits of a shortened, milder cold are worth it!
ANTIHISTAMINE : Chlorpheniramine Maleate
Use: Sneezing, Watery eyes
Strategy: If you have Good Sense Allergy 4-hour tablets in your kit, take one tablet at breakfast and every 4-6 hours for the first 2 days only. Take with or without food. This antihistamine can make you drowsy. Avoid use of alcoholic beverages; both are sedatives. Use caution if driving.
Note: If you have Chlorphen-12 Extended Release tablets in your kit, take one tablet at breakfast and every 12 hours for the first 2 days only. To achieve proper slow absorption of the medication over 12 hours, swallow the tablet whole. Do not chew or crush this extended-release tablet.
NASAL DECONGESTANT: Phenylephrine HCl
Use: Nasal/sinus congestion, Sinus pressure
Strategy: One tablet at breakfast and every 4 hours, during waking hours, for the first 3 days, then if needed for up to 7 days after cold onset. If after the first 3 days of use you no longer have congestion and sinus pressure, discontinue use. Taking the tablet with food may decrease the chance of stomach upset. Avoid excessive caffeine (coffee, tea, soda). Since this medication is a stimulant, it can cause sleeplessness, nervousness, and dizziness. Stop use and ask a medical professional if these occur. The Cold FAid™ Strategy sanctions sleep, so you will not be notified to take medication during the middle of the night.
PAIN RELIEVER (NSAID*): Naproxen Sodium
Use: Minor aches, Fever
Strategy: One tablet at breakfast and 12 hours later for the first 3 days, then if needed for up to 7 days after cold onset. If after the first 3 days of use you no longer have aches (muscle aches or headaches) and fever, discontinue use.Taking this with food may decrease the chance of stomach upset. Take with a full glass of water. Keep well hydrated. Do not use Ibuprofen (popular trade names Advil or Motrin) when taking Naproxen Sodium. They are both the same class of medication.
(*NonSteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug)
See Learn>Resources for studies and analyses used in the development of the Cold FAid™ strategy by the following:
- National Institute of Health (NIH)
- Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (health-related, international professionals analyzing research and summarizing the best practices)
- many other peer-reviewed, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical studies
Cold FAid™ kit
Directions: Unzip the case. Review the informational insert. Pack the case with:
- Cold Relief Zinc Lozenges
- Antihistamine Chlorpheniramine Maleate blister pack
- Nasal Decongestant Phenylephrine HCl two blister packs
- Pain Reliever (NSAID*) Naproxen Sodium bottle.
Note: Read medication information on the box labels (Drug facts) and inserts before using this kit. WARNINGS: Do not take medication if you are allergic to any active or inactive ingredients. Ask a medical provider before use of the medications in this kit if you have a history of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid disorder, stomach ulcer, glaucoma, difficulty urinating, or a breathing disorder; or are taking sedatives/tranquilizers, or a prescription MAOI (monoamine oxidase inhibitor) drug; or are pregnant or breast-feeding. Call your medical provider for advice about medication side effects. This kit is for adults, ages 18 years and older. It is not for use by children (especially <12 years old). Keep all medications out of reach of children. In case of overdose, immediately get medical help or call the Poison Control Center toll free phone number: 1-800-222-1222.
The Cold FAid™ kit partners with the Cold FAid™ app to manage recovery.