The common cold, flu, and allergies are different health conditions, but they also share a lot of the same symptoms. These symptoms can include nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, fever, headache, body aches, sore throat, cough, and chest congestion.
The common cold is often associated with several symptoms occurring at the same time. Multi-symptom cold medicines, also known as cough and cold combination products, are medicines that are used to treat multiple symptoms that can accompany a cold or flu. Be sure to review the general tips for the safe use of multi-symptom cold medicines.
In addition to the tips in the general multi-symptom cold medicine section, below is information regarding multi-symptom cold medicines that also contain an ingredient for chest congestion.
Chest congestion: Some multi-symptom cold medicines contain active ingredients that loosen or thin out mucus in the chest so that it is easier to clear when you cough.
There is further information about expectorants and the active ingredient guaifenesin on OTCsafety.org, where You’ll be able to find general tips for the safe use of these multi-symptom medicines that contain an expectorant active ingredient. Parents should remember, however, not to give any oral multi-symptom cold medicine to a child under the age of four.
*Not all products sold under a brand contain the same ingredients. Please read the OTC Drug Facts label carefully for active ingredient information for specific products.
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