Winter brings the flu, and the sickly season is in full swing right now. The pharmacy’s over the counter aisles are stocked with a dizzying array of products, all claiming to treat this symptom or that, every one suggesting it can provide some amount of relief for the miserable sensation of being sick. It can be tough to choose between them, and avoiding drug interactions can make challenging choices downright unpleasant at times.
One factor often overlooked when selecting what you’ll stock in your medicine cabinet for when you’re feeling under the weather is the nutritional aspects of the medications. Some over the counter products are loaded up with sugar to make them more palatable. For some of us that might just be some extra calories, for for people who have a medical reason to control their blood sugar levels, the added sugar can complicate other aspects of their health just when they’re already in some level of medical distress.
An easy way to avoid this problem is to look for medications that come in pill form, rather than syrup. Not only does a pill have less of a need to be modified for taste, but there’s less volume to fit medically unnecessary ingredients into it as well.
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- 1Due to effects on high blood pressure and other ailments it is important that you only use medicine while having cold and cough symptoms.
- 2It is important to not take too many combination of medicines because some of those medications may contain the same ingredients.
- 3Pills are better than syrups when treating coughs and colds because syrup type of medications contain a lot of sugars and carbohydrates.
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