by Penny O’Kane
With the sudden change in temperature, many of us are coming down with coughs and colds.
But if you’re one of those people who likes to self-medicate, think twice before you reach for your favourite potions. The consumer magazine, 60 millions de consommateurs, published some worrying findings last year for those who buy over-the-counter cold and flu medications.
The magazine tested 62 of the best-selling products, and their findings were worrying. Apparently 45% of these drugs are not only completely ineffective, but they also have quite dangerous side-effects. Some of the products specifically named are well-known brands such as Actifed Cold, Dolirhume, Nurofen Cold and RhinAdvil.
What makes these medications risky is that they contain a combination of drugs which, taken together, can cause adverse effects, including cardiovascular incidents and stroke.
But thankfully some favourite medications are safe to take and are effective – Vicks Vaporub has passed the test!
It is also recommended to avoid or strongly limit alcohol when taking some of these drugs. So it’s perfectly fine to drink a hot whisky toddy, but just don’t have a pill with it![/vc_column_text]