How to relieve cold and flu symptoms safely
Discover tips for using medicines safely, cold and flu symptom remedies, and useful ways to avoid germs.
When you have a cold or the flu, you can be hit with a lot of symptoms at once—so getting appropriate cold and flu treatment is important. If you take over-the-counter (OTC) cold and flu medicines, keep in mind that many of them share the same ingredients with each other and with other OTC and prescription pain medicines. To be sure you’re using them appropriately, read the labels and take ONLY 1 medicine containing the same kind of active ingredient at a time.
Take ONLY 1 medicine that contains acetaminophen at a time. Why?
Taking more than one increases your chances of taking too much (more than 4,000 mg in 24 hours), which could harm your liver.
Take ONLY 1 medicine that contains an NSAID* at a time. Why?
Taking more than one increases your chance of stomach bleeding and ulcers.
Advil® Cold and Sinus
Aleve-D® Sinus & Cold
Colds or the flu can mean lots of symptoms—headache, congestion, muscle aches, and more. But if you think you need more than one medicine, STOP and think twice:
Medicines like pain relievers, sleep aids, and decongestants often contain the same ingredients
To avoid harmful side effects, take ONLY 1 medicine with the same kind of active ingredient at a time