Every cold needs a great strategy
There is no cure for the common cold, but there are clinically-proven benefits from the right medications at the right times.
For Day 1 to Day 3 (the first 72 hours)
Use all 4 medications as directed in the strategy
For Day 4 to Day 7
Continue 2 medications, Decongestant PE & Pain Reliever (NSAID), until symptoms clear
When nasal congestion & sinus pressure clear, discontinue use of Decongestant PE.
When aches & fever clear, discontinue use of Pain Reliever (NSAID).
Note: Use all of the zinc lozenges (6 per day for the first 72 hours). Other medications include more tablets than needed, in the event you misplace a tablet.
Cold FAid® is recommended for ages 18+.
The Cold FAid® strategy sanctions sleep, so your medication reminders are only during waking hours.
COLD RELIEF LOZENGES: Zinc Gluconate 2X
Use: Sore throat, Runny nose at the onset of a cold
Strategy: Take one BestHealth zinc lozenge at the earliest sign of a cold (within 24-48 hours of onset) & every 2-4 hours while awake. Take 6 lozenges per day for the first 72 hours. Six lozenges per day provide the proper dose of zinc for ages 18+. Suck the lozenges; do not chew. Do not swallow whole; do not lay down until lozenge has fully dissolved.
The zinc must coat your throat. If consuming around mealtime, take the lozenge after a meal. Avoid anything to eat or drink 15 minutes after taking. Do not have citric fruits or citric juices 30 minutes before or after taking the lozenge as these deactivate the zinc.
Metallic taste & mild nausea are the most common side effects. If you experience minor stomach upset, zinc can be taken with food but avoid high-fiber foods, coffee, milk/cheese, and unleavened bread. Power through these mild adverse effects if possible, as the benefits of a shortened, milder cold are worth it!
(Please note: ages 12 -17 years old use 4 lozenges per day as per the manufacturer.)
ANTIHISTAMINE: Chlorpheniramine Maleate 4 mg
Use: Sneezing, Watery eyes
Strategy: Take one GoodSense Allergy 4-hour tablet at breakfast & every 4-6 hours while awake for the first 48 hours. (As per research, the effectiveness of an antihistamine easing cold symptoms is limited to 1-2 days.)
Take with or without food.
This antihistamine can make you drowsy. Avoid alcoholic beverages and sedatives, since this is a sedative as well. Use caution if driving.
NASAL DECONGESTANT PE: Phenylephrine HCl 10 mg
Use: Nasal congestion, Sinus pressure
Strategy: Take one GoodSense Decongestant PE tablet at breakfast & every 4 hours, while awake, for the first 72 hours.
- Continue use, if needed, for up to 7 days after cold onset.
- Discontinue use once you no longer have congestion & sinus pressure.
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, & dizziness. Stop use & ask a medical professional if these occur.
PAIN RELIEVER (NSAID*): Naproxen Sodium 220 mg
Use: Minor aches, Fever
Strategy: Take one GoodSense Pain Reliever (NSAID*) tablet at breakfast & every 8-12 hours while awake for the first 72 hours.
- Continue if needed for up to 7 days after cold onset.
- Discontinue use once you no longer have aches (muscle aches or headaches) & fever.
Taking this with food may decrease the chance of stomach upset. Take with a full glass of water. Keep your kidneys well hydrated.
Do not use Ibuprofen (popular trade names Advil or Motrin) when taking Naproxen Sodium. They are both the same class of medication. Avoid use with alcohol or tobacco as this increases the chance of adverse effects.
(*NonSteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug)
See Learn > Resources for studies & analyses used in the development of the Cold FAid® strategy by the following:
- National Institute of Health (NIH)
- Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (international experts analyzing research to summarize best practices)
- Other peer-reviewed, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical studies
Cold FAid® Directions
Review the medication Drug Facts labels & the Cold FAid® insert.
Pack the case with:
Antihistamine: Chlorpheniramine Maleate 4 mg - 10 blister-packed tablets
Nasal Decongestant PE: Phenylephrine HCl 10 mg - two blister packs
Pain Reliever (NSAID*): Naproxen Sodium 220 mg - one bottle of tablets
Note: Read all medication information on the box labels (Drug Facts, expiration dates) & the kit insert 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). Do not exceed recommended doses of medications. 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.
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