Relieving Flu Symptoms
There are several options available for temporary relief of flu symptoms.
Over-the-counter (OTC) treatments are medications you can get without a prescription from your doctor, such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen, which are available at a pharmacy or grocery store. People who experience flu-like symptoms may take OTC medications (such as pain relievers and decongestants) to relieve these discomforts.
Common OTC Medicines Include:
- Analgesics — Relieve aches and pains, and reduce fever.
- Antihistamines — Work by helping dry a runny nose and watery eyes by blocking histamines; they often cause drowsiness.
- Expectorants — Work by thinning mucus so that it can be coughed up more easily.
- Cough suppressants — Work by quieting a cough. They are usually recommended for dry (non–mucus-producing) coughs.
- Decongestants — Work by reducing nasal congestion.
Please see your doctor or pharmacist for information on these medications.
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