Luckily I haven't had a cold for over two years and knew from previous discussions with the pharmacist that OTC cold remedies are basically off the agenda for me. Paracetamol is OK.
Yesterday the dreaded lurgie struck and this morning I decided to use a Vicks inhaler. I thought this would be OK as it isn't something you actually take into your body. Wrong. Heart has been beating hard all morning, although not fast. It has now gone back to normal. The Vicks stick that I used has long since parted company with the product information but on checking with the website, it clearly says that it shouldn't be used by people with heart rhythm abnormalities.
Nearly all of these OTC medications apparently contain some sort of stimulant. There is a fortune to be made by big pharma in developing a cold remedy for AF sufferers. Why should we have to put up with streaming noses etc? One of the few pleasures of having a cold used to be taking Lemsip!