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Most cold and flu drugs attack symptoms, not the specific viruses that cause the illnesses. They aren't a cure, asthma but they can make you feel better or shorten your illness.
There's no one right way to treat a cold or the flu. But here are some questions you can ask your pharmacist to get the correct over-the-counter medication for you. Should I take a decongestant or an antihistamine?
This depends on your symptoms. If you have nasal or sinus congestion, then a decongestant can help. If you have drainage - either a runny nose or postnasal drip or itchy, watery eyes - then an antihistamine could work.
Over-the-counter antihistamines could make you drowsy.
Decongestants might make you hyper or keep your awake. Antihistamines can thicken mucus, which can be a problem for people with asthma. Both of these medications may mix poorly with other drugs, like those that treat heart disease, and they may worsen some conditions, like high blood pressure.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist which one is best for you. Is it safe to take a decongestant if I have high blood pressure?
This type of medicine can increase blood pressure and heart rate, and raise the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Pseudoephedrine is the main decongestant taken by mouth that's available. In general, if your blood pressure is well controlled with medications, then a decongestant shouldn't be a problem as long as you closely watch your.