Ibuprofen 200mg (Advil, Motrin) 1-2 tabs every 6-8 hours OR Aleve 1 tab every 12 hours For pain relief, fever, and anti-inflammatory agent. Take with food.
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325 mg,
1-2 tabs every 6 hours.
No more than 8 tabs per day.
Pain relief, fever control. Avoid alcohol.
Aspirin is not recommended while ill.
Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed 12 hour) Available through pharmacies only; take a.m. and p.m. while congested Decongestant: used to
treat congestion of the sinuses ears and chest.
Diphenhydramine 25mg (Benadryl)
1-2 tabs every 6 hours Loratadine (Claritin) 1 tab daily Cetirizine (Zyrtec)1 tab daily
Antihistamines: for allergy symptoms, and to assist with congestion. Benadryl may cause drowsiness.
Guaifenesin (Mucinex)
Guaifenesin/Pseudoephedrine (Mucinex D)
(Mucinex DM)
1 tab every 12 Hours
Guafenesin: mucus thinner D= a decongestant (i.e. pseudoephedrin) DM= a cough suppressant (i.e. dextromethorphan)
Dextromethorphan (Delsym 12h)
(Robitussin DM)
Cough Control
Nasal saline washes/sprays Cleans/moistens nasal passages
Avoid alcohol, smoke, dust, and other irritants as these can worsen mucus production.
Read all labels carefully to ensure that you are not taking a double dose of any one medication.
If pregnant, consult your provider prior to taking any medicine.