I need help with OTC cold remedy suggestions This must be a timely problem for others

  1. Help! I rarely get sick. I never take OTC stuff. But, 2 days ago the watery drippy nose started and now scratchy throat and coughing.
    Any suggestions? I was going to go to the store yesterday to see about buying 2-3 things to take, but the idea of looking at those hundreds of choices and reading all those labels was too overwhelming.
    I've just been taking some motrin i have here for when my knee acts up. but motrin isn't helping.
    Ideally, I want something to relieve the sore and scratchy throat and cough. It is definitely upper respiratory.
    I want something that will not make me sleepy, I called in 2 shifts and have slept ATC for 2 days. No fever, just a winter allergy-type, sinusitis, cold.
    Did they ever put that med on OTC, I can't remember the name, something for allergies? It was a prescription drug and there was talk of making it otc. It doesn't make you sleepy. That would be a blessing, (I can't even ask the pharmacist as I can't recall the name.) HELP ! I can't stand feeling crummy!
    Does bourbon and lemon juice and honey really help? Has anyone ACTUALLY used it? I'm desperate.
  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   ShandyLynnRN
    I believe that Claritin is the antihistamine you were talking about. Try some halls cough drops for the throat thing, or sore throat spray, like cloraseptic.
  4. by   oramar
    I have it to. The cough is very deep is it not. I am taking cough drops during the day and Nitquil at night. If I had some of those zinc cough drops I would take them but I used them all up with that last bug that went around. Nyquil is the only reason I slept last night.
  5. by   BadBird
    I think you should call your Dr. get checked out to make sure you don't have a sinus infection or strep. If you don't need a antibiotic and just want the OTC route, my family takes Advil cold & sinus. Works pretty well, also lots of hot tea with honey and lemon. Sherbert for the scratchy throats, chicken soup (homemade of course). Your Dr. could probably give you some samples of OTC meds also. Hope you feel better soon.
  6. by   bestblondRN
    I've also had good luck with Advil Cold & Sinus--Walgreen's carries a generic form of it that's much cheaper and just as effective. The home remedies everyone's listed above are also very comforting as well.....you might also try a vaporizer (to avoid dryness in your nose and throat), and I still love Vicks Vapo-Rub on the chest--makes your chest warm and helps clear the nose a bit. Hope you're feeling better soon!
  7. by   passing thru
    Thanks for the suggestions. Yes, Oramar, that's it.
    No dryness in nose, like a water faucet. I'm not going to the doctor...can't stand them ! It isn't a infection...secretions are clear, no fever.
    Badbird, I've gained 3 #'s on soup and cokes, one pint chocolate ice cream. It all helps going down, but as soon as I stop eating the soreness and itchiness starts on my throat again.
    I'm going to try all of the above. I heard nyquil makes you sleepy. And i was tempted to buy vicks and rub it on my throat, but I didn't want to stay at home for a 3rd day, and would die if anyone even remotely smelled that stuff on me.
    Now that I have reconsidered, it started last Friday at noon. I worked fri nite, called in sat and sun , and mon. lost a day there with all the sleeping...no benadryl or nothing, just sleeping. I think I might be a shade better today...the nose leaking has improved, but the cough is more frequent. Just giving this disgusting description so if any of you develop a "tinglly" then watery nose, you will know what is in store for you.
    Thanks for the suggestions, keep them coming.
  8. by   emily_mom
    Advil Cold and Sinus is the best!!! Walmart sells a generic too.
  9. by   colleen10
    My Mum got over a nasty cold a few weeks ago and she now swears by the new Tylenol Cold/Sinus medication. Said it cleared her right up.

    I would definately try some of that. The cough may be just from post nasal drip irritating the back of your throat.

    If it doesn't work or if you get worse definately see a doc. For me at least, there is a fine line between having a runny nose and sinus infections and taking an OTC medication or even a prescribed anti-histamine like Claritin or Allegra will give me a sinus infection. Remember, your body is purposely making those secretions and trying to get rid of them, throw in an anti-histamine and you can see why stuff gets clogged up and you may be prone to ear and sinus infections.

    Also, I have had lots of Sinus Infections and Rhinitis where my nasal secretions were clear and watery and I rarely get fevers. Just be sure to take care of yourself.
    I survive, on an almost regular basis, on generic Motrin and Sudafed.

  11. by   passing thru
    Well, I hauled myself out of bed, got gussied up for my trip to the grocery store to buy some quality of life improvement OTC medications. Had my list..advil cold and sinus, nyquil, vicks, halls cough drops, the works. Couldn't wait to get 'em and get back home and start poppin those feel good pills. Woe is me ! Read the Advil cold and sinus label...it contains pseudoephedrine. Ditto for nyquil and all the other cold and sinus stuff. it seems the pseudoephedrine is the drug that gives nasal allergy relief. I guess that is why I do not buy OTC. It's been so long since I looked, I forgot why. Anyway, I have heart irregularities, palpitations and irregular rhythms that I take medication for. So, seeing as how the primary side effects are palpitations, rapid, & /or irregular heart beats, I can't take pseudoephedrines. What really surprised me is it is also in the childrens and INFANTS bottles. I was going to buy Tylenol cold and sinus in infants bottle and just drink the whole bottle, but it also contained PSE.
    So, I bought some plain benadryl, plain claritin, and vicks ointment to rub on throat, and Halls cough drops. It should help a little with some aspirin. Just thought I 'd tell you all this in case you didn't know. People prone to Hypertension should not take pseudoephedrine either. Thanks for the suggestions. I had some hope of feeling better for a few hours anyway.
  12. by   OzNurse69
    An old guy I looked after once while doing home health care said he had never had a cold in his life. He said his mum started him on a remedy when he was little, & he had kept it up every day, & that had kept the colds at bay. I haven't been game to try it yet, but you are welcome to give it a go & report back.....

    He used to mix up salt in warm water in a bowl, close off one nostril with a finger, snort the salty water up his open nostril and let it run down the back of his pharynx & spit it out of his mouth, then repeat with the other side!!!

    Good luck.....

  13. by   passing thru
    I'll need "good luck" to survive that ! OH YUK !!
    Actually, I think I heard that too. I think I could buy one of those OCEAN (0.9 N.S.) thingies and squirt some up my nose. I'm sure I'll choke 1/2 to death. I have seen old people do this.
    Now that you mention it, and this could be a new thread, I had some oldsters tell me about keeping headcolds at bay by drinking a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water. I think I will buy some vinegar today. And some Ocean.
    Anyone else heard of the vinegar home remedy.
    Whoever - BestBlondeRn-- I fell asleep last night without--before-- I took any po otc meds. But, I had smeared the vicks vaporub all over my neck and chest. I'll have to say, that stuff is miraculous. I slept all night without coughing with no medication aid but it. I got up this a.m. and smeared it on again, even before i made coffee. My whole idea about it has changed. Today , I don't care who smells it on me !! LOL Thanks for that tip .
  14. by   OzNurse69
    Just quietly, I think I'd rather have a cold.....!!