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What do you take for a cold?

A lot of over the counter medicines are not recommended if you take beta blockers or blood thinners. Its the same with painkillers. I take Apixaban and Bisoprolol.

What do you take for colds and pains. I think I'm stuck with just paracetamol. I'm not interested in home remedies like honey and lemon etc so please don't post about them.

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Like you I'm stuck with just taking Paracetamol.

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If first day of cold - First Defense or Boots equivalent. Will often kill it in it’s development stage.

Sometimes anti-virals meds, but obviously only on prescription.

But personally, mostly the Home remedies & paracetamol, works just as effectively as anything else.

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Paracetamol and home remedies.

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Paracetamol is about all if you have AF. NEVER take Carvonia as it states on the bottle that it may cause heart rhythm disturbance. For joint pain you can use ibuprofen gel SPARINGLY my doctor told me.

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My view is that if you have a cold, the last thing your body needs is a whole barrage of pharmaceutical remedies to help it get better. Take plenty of Vitamin C and then home remedies like soothing honey and lemon, which also will be full of Vit C and natural healing from the honey. Marshmallow root made into a tea with honey and lemon is brilliant for sore throats and especially if a chest problem develops ( but do not take at the same time as Levothyroxine, thyroid hormone if you happen to be on it it, as it blocks absorbtion of the hormone). You can buy herbs like this from various places on line.

Why do you think that the only products worth using are from big Pharmaceutical companies ? Sorry to sound harsh but I believe we should stay away from all pharmaceutical medication if we possibly can.

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There is a reason I asked for no home remedies

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A cold will run its natural course and all you can do is try to relieve the symptoms.

I to take don't take anything medicinal unless I have a bad headache then I take paracetamol. Unless you are a child I consider an above normal temperature to be advantageous and part of the bodies natural defences.

Other than that, I take plenty of healthy foods and drinks . I am a fan of ginger, it is so warming and I usually have a supply of fresh ginger in the house to make lemon and ginger tea. My freezer always has a supply of home made soup in case of winter illness.

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Same tablets as you and take paracetamol but always develop a dry barking cough to suck on a herbal pastille at night so that OH and the other people in the flats can get some sleep.

Di

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I ask for me no home remedies and what do I get 😩 I have a severe stomach/bowl problem and natural remedies especially any thing sweet give me explosive diarrhoea (you wish you'd taken notice of my original post now!).

Thanks to people who posted above it seems paracetamol is the only option.

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Sorry but it does not change my original advice. In fact even more should you avoid medications full of toxins. Let the cold run its course, if it is just a cold. Any complications then of course you may need other help.

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Hi Paul, it was Lemsip with me, took 3 in 24 hrs as I had the flue, put me into Afib , Doc told me only to take Paracetamol as a lot of flue medications contain caffeine, but I have found I have no problem at all with Co codamol as I suffer from nerve pain. I guess the best advice is to take as little as possible if you can , hope your better soon,

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However miserable a cold makes you feel it will run it's course and I think all you can do is stay indoors (if you can), keep warm and stay well-hydrated if the usual home remedies are off limits for you. My grandma used to say,"Feed a cold and starve a fever" so maybe there's merit in eating comfort foods such as soup. If you develop a secondary infection then have a chat with your pharmacist or see your GP.

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I am afraid it is just paracetamol.

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Hi All. Thought I'd put in my two penneth on this one.

My colds usually means a runny nose and for that I use Otravine which is a common nasal spray. Just helps you to breath easier and reduces the flow ,if you get my meaning.

Hope you feel better soon

Alan

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Hi my GP prescribed co-codomol for me : you can also buy at at any chemist : and when I’m feeling fluey I have lemon 🍋 and honey in hot water : it usually does the trick

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Just paracetamol and if the nose runs and feeling a bit blocked an antihistamine as well.

Not the day- night formula but an allergy histamine like cetirizine

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I can't resist posting this although it's not a prescribed medicine, not an over the counter, and a trigger for most AF. In the villages of the "old country" without access to either over the counter or prescription medicines, colds were remedied by hot wine sprinkled with pepper, then to a "snuggled" bed to sleep it off.

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Good idea, might try that even without the cold!

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Many of the cold remedies raise BP and should be avoided.

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Our bodies use massive amounts of Vitamin C when we are ill, including with a cold. It helps to fight the cold off, so anything containing vitamin C, and also zinc, be it 'remedy' or a vitamin supplement or food - oranges/lemons/blueberries etc - will help.

By the way, my sister has been diagnosed with diverticulosis and she has found a diet which is supposed to be good for diverticulisis and crohn's as well, and she was feeling much better on it after a fortnight, and is steadily improving. The site is diverticulitispainfreefood.com It cost her about £55 for all the information including ongoing support, plus about £17 import duties to the UK from the USA, but there is a cheaper package. (I think it may be cheaper in the US, and they may offer some people help with the costs)

The most important foods to stop eating are listed as peanut butter, sour cream, cottage cheese, milk, quinoa and - yoghurt, of which yoghurt is the worst! But probiotics can be safely obtained from a milk-free probiotic supplement - see your health food shop. Other foods (including hard cheese) are OK providing they are combined in a meal only according to the rules given - so it is essentially a food-combining diet (but according to their particular rules)

It could be worth trying eliminating the above five foods, and if it helps, investing in the package . . .

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