The necessary thing to do to help relieve flu symptoms is not to get the flu in the first place. However, in the ‘real’ world getting the flu is a sure bet for many people year after year? A yearly flu vaccine is the first step in lessening your flu symptoms should you get the flu.
The symptoms of the flu are common cold symptoms that are not serious. Thus, many of these symptoms can be relieved by over-the-counter medications.
Flu symptoms can be mild to severe depending on your immunity level and body makeup. If you get the flu, you may experience one, a few, or all of the known flu symptoms such as listed in the following.
- Fever and chills
- Body aches
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
- Runny nose
- Chest congestion
Numerous over-the-counter medications help decrease or lessen flu symptoms, and there is no right or perfect medicine. No one reacts to the flu or any over-the-counter drugs in the same manner to reduce flu symptoms.
There is no antibiotic available to help get rid of the flu because the flu is a virus and not a bacteria. Antibiotics only help when you are fighting a bacterial infection, which may be the case if you develop a secondary infection stemming from the flu.
Your pharmacist is the one to ask for just the right over-the-counter medicine, frequency, and appropriate dosing to fight your particular flu symptoms.
Fever, Chills, Body Aches, Headache
Fever and chills can cause your body to feel enormously achy. Any anti-inflammatory medication such as Tylenol (Acetaminophen), Motrin (Ibuprofen), Advil, Aleve, and any medication in this group helps reduce fever, chills, headache, body aches, and pains.
You may or may not experience flu symptoms like nausea and vomiting and when present you want relief. You need assistance so that you can at least drink fluids and keep them down. Too much vomiting can cause dehydration, which can be severe and cause secondary problems requiring medical attention.
Common over-the-counter drugs include Kaopectate, Pepto-Bismol, and certain antihistamines like Dramamine help to control these symptoms. These liquid medications coat the stomach lining, helping to reduce nausea or vomiting. Dramamine blocks any feelings of nausea.
One excellent over-the-counter medication is Mucinex taken as directed. Mucinex contains Guaifenesin a wonderful non-narcotic cough suppressant.
If you experience chest congestion that is causing you respiratory difficulty like shortness of breath you must see your doctor. Never rely on an over-the-counter remedy for relief.
Mucinex Extra Strength contains an added ingredient called Dextromethorphan a decongestant to help loosen up chest secretions.
Mucinex Extra Strength does double duty in helping to counteract coughs and chest congestion.
Name brand Mucinex is expensive, and every store has their generic names of Mucinex. These generic brands work a well as Mucinex. Make sure they have the same ingredients.
Sneezing and Runny Nose
Any antihistamine in tablet, liquid, or nasal spray works for the sneezing, stuffy nose, or a runny nose. Antihistamines help to dry up secretions and lessen these symptoms.
Remember that too much of a good thing is not okay. Take only the recommended dosage of over-the-counter drugs as prescribed by your doctor, pharmacist, and on the label of the drug.
If you have an illness like thyroid, diabetes, heart problems always speak with your doctor about what you should take in the way of over-the-counter medications for your flu symptoms.
If you have an infant, young child, or are a senior be sure to talk with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any over-the-counter drugs for relief of flu symptoms.