When you are sick, you want to choose the over the counter remedies that will work the fastest. Yet, with all the choices it can be hard choosing. For this reason, many probably found the recent segment on Dr. Oz’s show that was devoted on which over the counter remedies actually work the fastest of interest. Here is a sampling of what type of over the counter medication was suggested for each different listed ailment.
One should choose a laxative over a stool softener. Laxatives can help increase the water in your stool and thus increase the chance that you will have a bowel movement. A stool softener will just soften your stool.
One should choose a sore throat spray over a lozenge. The spray will directly go into your throat thus relieving your pain. A lozenge can take up to 30 minutes and a lot of medication will actually numb your cheek area instead of your throat.
One should choose a decongestant medication over an antihistamine. A decongestant can actually shrink the blood vessels and dry up the membranes. This process can take up to 1 to 2 hours. An antihistamine may help because it will slowly help relieve any allergens that may build up in your nasal passages. Yet, it will take longer than 2 hours.
Pain and fever:
Ibuprofen is a better choice over acetaminophen. Acetaminophen actually may work a little quicker to bring down just the fever. Yet, if there is also pain accompanied with fever ibuprofen is your better choice because it will work longer and it also has anti-inflammatory properties that will help many other problems as well.
Yes, when you are sick you want will work faster and better. These are the choices that Dr. Oz claims to be your best bets when it comes to over the counter medications.
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