July 22, 2015

July 22, 2015
10 Best Over-the-Counter Meds


Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Wednesday and we have almost made it through the middle of another work week. Dab the AIDS Bear and I are down with another horrible cold so not doing much this week.

Speaking of being sick, people with HIV (and other chronic illnesses) often have to deal with colds and viruses. If you're on HIV medications (especially protease inhibitors), you should always check with your health care provider before taking any over the counter medications. But with their approval, I would recommend the following ten over the counter medications for symptoms.

Sudafed Nasal Decongestant

Works for: Stuffy nose

Because Sudafed and other meds with pseudoephedrine can be made into crystal meth, you have to show your driver's license or state ID to buy them. It's worth it: The nose-clearing chemical beats the alternative, phenylephrine.

Mucinex

Works for: Chest congestion

These extended relief tablets last 12 hours and contain a heavy dose of guaifenesin, which can help loosen phlegm and thin bronchial secretions to make coughs more productive. Tip: Drink at least 8 ounces of water with each dose to help loosen up mucus.

Mucinex D

Works for: Stuffy nose, chest congestion

The best medicine for a congested chest (guaifenesin) and a stuffy nose (pseudoephedrine) in one easy-to-take tablet. Plus, the extended-release formula will keep working for 12 hours.

Tylenol Cough & Sore Throat

Works for: Dry cough, sore throat

The acetaminophen calms your inflamed airways and 30 mg of dextromethorphan quells a cough. And because the liquid acetaminophen coats your throat, relief is faster than with a pill.

Tylenol Cough & Sore Throat

Works for: Dry cough, sore throat

The acetaminophen calms your inflamed airways and 30 mg of dextromethorphan quells a cough. And because the liquid acetaminophen coats your throat, relief is faster than with a pill.

Afrin

Works for: Stuffy nose

The advantage to topical nasal sprays with the active ingredient oxymetazoline is instant relief (orally administered meds can take up to an hour to work). And Afrin lasts 12 hours. But don't use for longer than 3 consecutive days—otherwise, your sinuses may become dependent on the spray and lead to symptoms getting worse.

Delsym Cough Suppressant

Works for: Dry cough

Any OTC medication with dextromethorphan will be helpful in battling a dry, hacking cough—and Delsym offers sustained 12 hour relief (so you only have to take it twice a day). Plus, for those who dislike the taste of cough syrup, the adult dose is 10 mls (2 teaspoonfuls) versus 30 mls for similar meds.

NyQuil Cold & Flu

Works for: Headache, dry cough and runny nose

The upside to multi-symptom products like NyQuil is that it simplifies dosages. However, make sure that you actually have all the symptoms that it treats, otherwise you run the risk of overmedicating and subjecting yourself to unnecessary side effects.

Sudafed Triple Action

Works for: Stuffy nose, chest congestion, sore throat, headache and body aches

Like Tylenol Sinus, this is good for a three-pronged attack: guaifenesin as an expectorant, pseudoephedrine to clear nasal congestion, and acetaminophen to ease sore throat and aches—all in the most effective doses.

Vicks Nature Fusion

Works for: Cough, chest congestion

For those concerned with their protein composite intake, Vicks offers a gluten-free and dye-free alternative to the usual cough syrup, flavored with real honey. The active ingredients are no different than other cough meds, but staying true to a strict nutritional regimen may make you sleep a little easier.

Hope these tips the next time you're under the weather and you have a beary safe and great Wednesday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.



big bear hug,





Daddy Dab