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Friday, April 04, 2008

Got the flu...
probably not the real influenza flu, but pseudoinfluenza. The aches aren't as bad, you can still get around and do stuff. Just don't feel well, is all.

So what do pharmacists take for the flu? Usually either some favorite pain reliever like tylenol or naproxen or ibuprofen. I personally like to use a nasal wash like Alkalol. It has mucus solvents that can clear the sinuses. There is an instructional video on the use of nasal saline washes (Alkolol has oils and saline, but the concept is the same: go to instructables.com).

Don't be taken in by all the marketing for cough and cold and flu meds. There really is only a few drugs out there used for these illnesses: a decongestant, an antihistamine, dextromethorphan, and some pain reliever. And all of them are weak. Some, like phenylephrine and dextromethorphan, are so weak you might as well call them useless. So don't waste your time and money on them.

Make some chicken soup instead. Maybe some vitamins too; not they actually help, but no harm no foul.

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