Side Effects of Conventional Cold and Flu
Remedies vs. Benefits of Natural Alternatives
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Most people catch cold sometimes. Some people have multiple colds every season.
Influenza or the “flu” is similar to but more severe than a cold. It is particularly dangerous for the very young
and the very old but anyone, regardless of their age, can develop a cold or flu-related complication such as
bronchitis, sinusitis, ear infection or even pneumonia.
Because the viral infections are so common, there are many cold and flu remedies
sold over the counter. These remedies are drugs and are not completely safe. All are accompanied by side effects,
some of which may be quite dangerous.
Here, you can learn about the side effects of popular cold and flu remedies, as
well as the potential benefits of natural remedies.
Side Effects of Cold and Flu
Side effects of pain relievers and fever reducers depend on the specific drug.
Aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are common choices. Acetaminophen is a popular
non-aspirin drug for relieving pain and reducing fever.
NSAIDs are generally considered safe when used on an infrequent basis and side
effects are few. Stomach upset is the most common side effect.
Even though colds and flu are caused by viruses, some people still ask their
doctors for antibiotics and some doctors still prescribe them. Antibiotics are only good for bacterial infections,
not for viral infections.
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Natural Alternatives and Their
Natural alternatives can shorten cold and flu symptoms. When taken regularly, they
may strengthen the immune system to the point that cold and flu symptoms are not experienced or they are very
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