Finding the right over the counter medication to beat your cold and flu symptoms is tough for a lot of people. So, we wanted to share with you three of our favorite OTC medications to help you get back to business as usual, faster.

#1 | Sudafed 12 or 24 Hour

This OTC medication treats the real cause of nasal and head congestion. It uses an active ingredient called pseudoephedrine to reduce the swelling in the blood vessels of your nasal passages, which is what’s really causing your stuffiness. However, you have to ask for it behind the pharmacy counter because the active ingredient has been abused in large numbers.

#2 | Afrin

This is a medicated nasal spray that blasts through stuffy nasal passages almost instantly. Just remember that this isn’t a long-term treatment option. You can only use it for a few days before you end up making your problem worse.

#3 | Tylenol

This is a great OTC medication that conquers a lot of the annoying symptoms that accompany a cold or flu. It’s great for those aches and pains, sore throats, and more. Just remember, if you are taking any other kind of cold/flu medications, you may want to avoid the Tylenol. It contains acetaminophen which is the active ingredient in many OTC options. So, just make sure you aren’t potentially overdosing.

Before you take any over-the-counter medication, be sure to talk with your doctor to make sure that it’s not going to interfere with any medication you’re currently taking. You can take a quick visit to one of the urgent care locations around the valley to be in and out and feeling better in no time. To find the location in Las Vegas closest to you, call 702.852.2000 today.

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