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  • April NC Born Jan 3, 2013

    OTC can help to fight seasonal flu/cold/crud. At least until the state legislators decide we have to have a prescription for them as they have been debating about.

  • Screw WrAl Jan 3, 2013

    we are screwed.

  • grayboomerang Jan 3, 2013

    Uhavenoclu...I agree with you....outdoor exercise will also strengthen your immune system. I run 4-10 miles every day and I do believe I'm healthier for it...a little bit of outdoor sweat is good.

  • grayboomerang Jan 3, 2013

    A nurse gave me the best tip....gargle with Apple Cider Vinegar...between that and taking Vitamin C, garlic, lots of hot tea and rubbing Vapor Rub on my feet/putting socks on....I've gotten a grasp on this bug that tried to invade my body 24 hours ago. I don't like taking cold med drugs..I think they are useless...they don't cure anything.

  • SirWired Jan 3, 2013

    Anderson - "Someone gave me some Pure Body Extra Strength, which is a viral interrupter, meaning it stops the replication of a virus, so it stops the flu in its tracks."

    It does no such thing; looking at the manufacturer's website it's a bottle of proverbial Snake Oil. It makes a bunch of pseudo-scientific claims that make absolutely no sense whatsoever. Example: They claim to "suspend [their product] inside water molecules". Truth: Basic physics here... you can't "suspend" anything "inside" a molecule, no matter how finely you grind it. (And, interestingly, stopping viral replication isn't one of their claims...)

    Where to buy it? Who knows, but I suspect that drinking water out of the tap, and spraying your nose with saline are far more effective, and a LOT cheaper.

    Pro Consumer Tip: Any product that promises to "detoxify" you is lying.

  • Uhavenoclu Jan 3, 2013

    I was in the mountains for a fewweekends in a row in 15-20 degree weather at night and 28 during the day with just a sweatshirt on and sorry to say this. ...
    I'M VERY HEALTHY. ....

  • SirWired Jan 3, 2013

    How does ME buying Nexafed "Make my community safer"? I'm not the one selling the Sudafed on the black market... It only makes the community safer if Nexafed is the only product available and the people that DO turn Sudafed into Meth can no longer get the old version.

  • kikinc Jan 3, 2013

    horsyset- Here's where you can buy it in Canada. It is still made, but the dexbrompheniramine maleate isn't approved for use in the US, which is why it was pulled of the market. What other drugs have you tried?

  • Half Red Half Blue Jan 3, 2013

    Down a bottle of moonshine or everclear. Knock yourself out till the virus is gone.

  • cdtech20059 Jan 3, 2013

    Drixoral is available in Canada. Order online.

  • anderson Jan 3, 2013

    Someone gave me some Pure Body Extra Strength, which is a viral interrupter, meaning it stops the replication of a virus, so it stops the flu in its tracks.

    Sooo....where can the rest of us find it?

  • anderson Jan 3, 2013

    And STAY HOME if you have a fever..especially if you have something like the flu. I work in a physician's office and we have people come in for things that have nothing to do with their flu and then tell us, "oh, by the way, Dr. So-and-so said I have the flu." Not much we can do for it...these over-the-counter meds and staying hydrated are the best things for the flue (and rest). All you are doing is spreading it to us and our other patients.

  • heelsgirl05 Jan 3, 2013

    Also, gargle with salt water for sore throats-the salty water will reduce swelling by drawing out excess fluid from your throat. Vicks makes a humidifier that you can pour a tiny amount of the liquid vaporub in so you can breathe it in without rubbing it on your chest. Costs $35-40 for the humidifier and medicine, and you can clean it too. Works like a charm!

  • horsyset Jan 3, 2013

    The best OTC I ever used for cold symptoms was Drixoral. It had dexbrompheniramine maleate and pseudoephedrine sulfate in it. Merck stopped making it in 2008 and I have never found a good substitute for it. Worked all day like clockwork.

  • nialet Jan 3, 2013

    The best cure is to get enough rest. Any medication can help with symptoms but will have side effects so best to avoid them if possible. Prevention with healthy and meaningful lifestyle is best approach to happy life. Love helps!

  • JDAmbrosio Jan 3, 2013

    Someone gave me some Pure Body Extra Strength, which is a viral interrupter, meaning it stops the replication of a virus, so it stops the flu in its tracks. It's made by a company out of Raleigh, called Touch Stone. Everyone around me has the flu except ME!

  • Hans Jan 3, 2013

    No, no, no! You're a meth head if you buy that stuff. Give us your name, address, SSN, first-born child and let us monitor you for the rest of your life, and THEN (maybe) we might let you have some.

  • Half Red Half Blue Jan 3, 2013

    Don't even bother. They gonna ban all these products anyways.

  • busyb97 Jan 3, 2013

    Anymore, with the "sugar free" options they try to go for- using Sucralose (a.k.a. Splenda)....that stuff is harder on our systems in my family than the cold or sore throats themselves.

    I still like a chicken soup backup plan. :)

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