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Medicated Cold Treatments

Friday, August 14, 2009

So, if anyone has been reading my status over the last few days, it would be no surprise that I am suffering from a cold. This has been going on since Sunday night, when I started to feel a tingle at the back of my throat. I thought I would give one of the supposed natural immune boosters a try, so I picked up a bottle of Extra Strength Cold-FX on Monday morning and started the pill regiment. The regiment involves taking three pills twice a day for the first day, two pills twice a day for the second, and one pill twice a day on the third day. For those three days I still suffered from a sore throat, but no other symptoms. So, it is unclear if it actually did anything.

However, by Thursday, after completing the regiment, my symptoms started to increase to sinus pressure and a slightly stuffy nose. By the time I went to bed Thursday night I had a full blown cold. My throat was still sore and I was having difficulty breathing through my nose. Needless to say, I didn't have a very good sleep, waking up due to the pain and dryness in my throat.

So, knowing that I had a rough night of it last night I decided to be preemptive and take some cold medication to help me sleep. Normally, I don't like to take it unless absolutely necessary, but I need to get over this cold and all the extra sleep I can get would help that along. My nieces are visiting from Victoria, BC and I want to be able to run around with them instead of feeling tired, cranky, and miserable. Earlier in the day I found some packs of Neo-Citran and I decided to take one before bed. Neo-Citran has helped me sleep in the past and I thought it just might be just what I need now to get a good night's sleep.

I prepared the mug, set it by my bed to cool, but when I took my first sip, I wanted to spit it out. It tasted absolutely awful!!!! Not a medication taste, but a fake citrus taste. Just in case it was me, I decided to give it another taste. Nope, it wasn't me, it was completely undrinkable. Way too sweet and so fake that I almost wanted to throw it up. After two mouthfuls I poured the rest down the sink and went to find some Advil Cold and Sinus. The taste of Neo-Citran never used to bother me, so I wonder if they have changed their formula or if all this healthy eating has completely changed my taste buds. So, does anyone have any healthy remedies to suppress my cold symptoms until my body can fight off this virus???
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  • LIFEASMRSA
    mmm I've never tired cold fx before... some of my friends swear by it..but i try to avoid all meds too. However, if i'm desperate I usually go for advil cold and sinus or nyquil... nyquil usually puts me out like a light but I feel really groggy still in the morning and have trouble getting up... I hope you're feeling better today though!

    as for the neocitrion.. i hate that stuff too!!
    4361 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2702433
    My favorite remedy for sleepping when I am congested is to rub vicks vapor rub on my feet. Especially when combined chest and head. It stops the cough and I am able to sleep. Oh, I rub a little on my chest too. If i am really congested in the head, I will put a bit under my nose too.
    There is an herbal rub too... chinese herbs I believe that works similiarly. If you are interested in the name, just let me know, I will get the name for you.
    I hope you are feeling better.
    4362 days ago
  • CAROLYN1949
    It may not be a virus. But let's assume it is a virus. I always have sinus issues. I'm pretty much allergic to the air here in Georgia. UGH! When my symptoms are different from the norm (for me), I have several remedies that usually prevent the development of a sinus infection.

    Saline nasal spray....I don't like spraying it into my nose, so I put drops of it in my nose and contort my head every which way to make sure it gets to where I need it.

    Boiled water in a big mug....I half fill one of those large cups they used to give you in the hospital. It's insulted. I sit down and hold the cup between my legs, being very careful to keep one hand on it at all times. I cover my head with a towel and breathe in the steam, massaging my sinuses with one hand. It's a great facial, too.

    Warm salt water....as warm as you can stand it without burning the tender skin in your mouth and throat. Gargle with the solution several times a day. It relieves a sore throat quickly.

    Decongestant....wit
    hout pseudophedrine....if the steaming water doesn't work.

    Antihistamine....diphe
    nhydramine HCL (Benadryl) is the only one that works for me. If your sore throat is caused by post-nasal drip, this will help dry it up.

    WATER....lots and lots of water or other CLEAR LIQUIDS (vegetable or chicken broth, hot tea with honey).

    Vicks stick....great to have on the beside table to inhale just before going to sleep and during the night if I wake up stopped up.

    Ginger Ale....I have a lot of post-nasal drip that sometimes causes nausea, and ginger ale helps settle my stomach.

    If you have a lot of post-nasal drip or phlegm in your throat, avoid milk.

    Hope this helps and hope you feel better soon.


    4363 days ago
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