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    Default Cold and flu medication..

    The good stuff. Does it work? The strongest medication I have tried for colds and flu's is alcohol, was suggested by my Nana. Lol. "Have a few glasses of brandy. That'll get rid of the germs and you'll feel better in no time".

    Mil is coming to stay for a week as she does each month on her fifo week off and I have been so sick for a few days that I haven't been able to get anything done.

    So do the cold and flu medications you can buy at the chemist actually work? You know the ones with the stuff those home chemists buy to make "special medications"?

    If so, what ones work better, how much are they, and how do I ask for them without looking or sounding like one of those "home chemists" or are they really more common to buy than i think they are?

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    I like the day and night ones. Forget the brand but the night ones have an ingredient to help you sleep.

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    Do the day ones actually help relieve the symptoms at all? Even temporarily?

    I would assume the night time ones help with sleep after the day time ones.

    This flu or whatever has really knocked me this time.

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    Yes they seem to help with pain and feeling uncomfortable. I think the daytime ones have paracetamol and codeine in them, the night ones have an extra ingredient.

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    I think it depends on your symptoms. I like the sudafed ones (not the day/night sudafed, just the "regular" sudafed) for during the day - I find they help with congestion which in turn helps me feel better. Night time ones are great for helping with sleep. I think it's really really common for people to use over the counter cold and flu medications so there wont be issues at the pharmacy. Just go in and tell them what your symptoms are and that you need to be able to function during the day! Oh how I miss cold and flu medications when sick (been pregnant/breastfeeding for way too long!)

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    Cold and flu tablets essentially make the symptoms go away. Makes it feel like you're recovering faster because you're not just a sniffly achy lump on the couch.

    Most cold and flu tablets have the exact same active ingredients regardless of price. Daytime have the painkillers and sinus stuff and the nighttime ones are the same but with stuff to make you sleepy. (That's the non technical explanation. The technical one involves a lot of wiggly red lines on my spellchecer.)

    I like Sudafed (mostly for the super fast acting sinus stuff) but the other brands are pretty much the same. And there are millions of them. Pretty much anything with cold and flu in the title will do the same thing, unless you need something a bit more localised (like a little more decongestant or antihistamine power).

    You can usually find them right on the shelf; they often stock the bulk packs at the prescription counter though. If you get the huge bulk packs (72 pack?) they might ask you for ID.

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    I ended up getting dimetapp day and night with decongestant and antihistamine 24 pack. Just waiting for it to kick in now. My stuffy nose is starting to feel a bit clearer. My chest is starting to pound but that could be the coughing fit I just had.

    She took my drivers license details for the pack. Which I believe is standard practice anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DesperatelySeekingSleep View Post
    I ended up getting dimetapp day and night with decongestant and antihistamine 24 pack. Just waiting for it to kick in now. My stuffy nose is starting to feel a bit clearer. My chest is starting to pound but that could be the coughing fit I just had.

    She took my drivers license details for the pack. Which I believe is standard practice anyway.
    License details? Wow.....I didn't realise that was necessary. Where are you located? I am in VIC and they usually just ask if it's for you and what you need it for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sajimum View Post
    License details? Wow.....I didn't realise that was necessary. Where are you located? I am in VIC and they usually just ask if it's for you and what you need it for.
    Don't know where OP is from but it's normal here in WA. They keep track so you're not buying up large to make drügs at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sajimum View Post
    License details? Wow.....I didn't realise that was necessary. Where are you located? I am in VIC and they usually just ask if it's for you and what you need it for.
    Quote Originally Posted by Goblin Queen View Post
    Don't know where OP is from but it's normal here in WA. They keep track so you're not buying up large to make drügs at home.
    Yep in wa.


 

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