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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 Days 1 to 3 (the first 72 hours), all four medications are used according to the above strategy.

For Days 4 to 7, once a specific symptom has cleared, discontinue use of the medication-treating-that-symptom. 

  • When congestion & sinus pressure clear, discontinue use of the decongestant PE. Turn off the app notifications for the decongestant PE.
  • When aches & fever clear, discontinue use of the pain reliever (NSAID). Turn off the app notifications for the pain reliever. 

Note: Use all of the zinc lozenges (6 per day for the first 72 hours). For the other medications, more tablets are provided than needed, in the event you misplace a tablet. 

Cold FAid® is recommended for ages 18+. 



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) & every 2-4 hours while awake. Take 6 lozenges per day for the first 72 hours. 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, so use this after a meal. Do 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+. (Please note: ages 12 -17 years old use 4 lozenges per day as per the manufacturer.) Metallic taste & 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 4 mg

Use: Sneezing, Watery eyes

Strategy:   If you have Good Sense Allergy 4-hour tablets in your kit with the blue zippered case, take one tablet at breakfast & every 4-6 hours while awake for the first 48 hours. 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 the red zippered bag in your Cold FAid® kit, then you have the antihistamine Chlorphen-12 Extended Release tablets that were in the first edition. Of note, these are Extended Release. (The blue case kit does not use the Extended Release antihistamine tablets.) For Extended Release, take one tablet at breakfast & every 12 hours while awake for the first 48 hours of cold onset. 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 PE:    Phenylephrine HCl 10 mg

Use: Nasal/sinus congestion, Sinus pressure

Strategy: One tablet at breakfast & every 4 hours, while awake, for the first 72 hours, then if needed for up to 7 days after cold onset. If after the first 72 hours of use you no longer have congestion & 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, & dizziness. Stop use & 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 220 mg

Use: Minor aches, Fever

Strategy: One tablet at breakfast & every 12 hours while awake for the first 72 hours, then if needed for up to 7 days after cold onset. If, after the first 72 hours of use you no longer have aches (muscle aches or headaches) & 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. 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 (health-related, international professionals analyzing research & summarizing the best practices) 
    • many other peer-reviewed, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical studies 


    Cold FAid® kit

    Directions:  Review the medication Drug Facts labels & the Cold FAid® insert. Pack the case with:

    • Cold Relief:  Zinc Lozenges 
    • Antihistamine:  Chlorpheniramine Maleate 4 mg blister pack
    • Nasal Decongestant PE:  Phenylephrine HCl 10 mg  two blister packs 
    • Pain Reliever (NSAID*):  Naproxen Sodium 220 mg bottle.

    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.


      The Cold FAid® kit partners with the Cold FAid® app to manage recovery.