By: Elena Grace Flores
Flu or Influenza is a common illness caused by viral infection with symptoms like fever, headache, muscle pain, dry cough, sore throat, runny nose, weakness and fatigue. It can complicate to bronchitis or pneumonia if left untreated especially among the elderly or those suffering with other diseases. Weather change can trigger this and flu can lasts for at least a week.
Over-the-counter medications are the most common treatment for the flu. They don’t kill the virus, but can help ease the symptoms. You can choose from a large array of treatment options. Many products have multiple ingredients to treat multiple symptoms. These are fine to use if you have all of the symptoms listed on the product, but if you have only one or two, these provide unnecessary medications that don’t provide any benefit and may increase your risk of side effects or drug interactions. If you decide not to take a multi-symptom flu relief medication, consider the specific types of medicines used to treat each symptom: Click here to see direct source: http://www.drugstore.com/over-the-counter-flu-treatments/qxc295195
According to drugstore.com:
Cough drops can be used to relieve sore throats.
Cough suppressants containing dextromethorphan (Robitussin®) can be used to calm dry coughs.
Antihistamines (Benadryl® or Chlor-Trimeton®) can be used for runny noses, sneezing and watery eyes.
Pain relievers acetaminophen (brand name Tylenol®), aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®) or naproxen (Aleve®) can be used to reduce fever, aches and pains. Do not use aspirin in children or teens with the flu because it could cause serious problems or even death.