When choosing a medication to treat cold, cough or flu symptoms, there are several options available. If mucus is the primary issue, a medication with an expectorant like guaifenesin should bring relief. If coughing is the main problem, a cough suppressant like dextromethorphan may minimize the cough. A decongestant like pseudoephedrine can help with congestion while an antihistamine such as diphenhydramine can ease itchy eyes and throat, sneezing or a runny nose.
Pain relievers and fever reducers like acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin can reduce muscle aches, sore throat and fever. Many cold and flu medications contain a combination of these ingredients in order to treat the multiple symptoms that often accompany a cold or flu. When selecting a medication for personal use, try to match the symptoms as closely as possible in order to maximize relief.
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