Colds: Choose Appropriate Drugstore Medications

The last thing you want to do when you have a cold or the flu is make yourself feel worse by taking the wrong or too much medication.

Federal health officials urge consumers to choose over-the-counter medications that specifically target their symptoms. For example, if you have a runny nose, use a medication that alleviates it but nothing else.

This can help prevent unnecessarily doubling up on ingredients, a practice that can be unsafe, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

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