Post # 1
so i have the flu 🙁
anyone have any favorite otc remedies? i’ve been taking dayquil and nyquil, but was thinking of switching to something else to see if it works better. aside from drinking lots of tea with honey, anyone have any suggestions to help feel less craptastic?
Post # 3
Flu will go away on its’ own over time. For symptoms try these ideas for Home Treatment;
Next year think about getting a flu vaccination.
Post # 4
Sorry you are sick. The flu sucks!! I used theraflu and dayquil/nyquil when I had the flu a few years ago. Other than that, not much you can do. Just sleep a lot and get lots of vitamins. I drank a lot of orange juice. Hang in there!! 🙂
Post # 5
i just got over it. instead of dayquil i took ibuprofen, then nyquil to help me sleep through the night. drink a lot of liquids, eat a lot of jello, and SLEEP!
Post # 6
@julies1949: thanks! yeah, i saw a dr today who said it should go away by its own. i know i should have gotten a flu shot, they use to give them away at my old job in the office but i’m in grad school now and just forgot to get one this year since it wasn’t right in front of me in the same way…
Post # 7
pseudoephedrine for congestion, ibuprofen for pain, and diphenhydramine to sleep. That’s all you need to know. All OTC meds are the same, with the exception of swapping out ibuprofen for aspirin or tylenol – and phenylephrine for sudafed (because the latter is behind the counter). A few might have the same ingredient of mucinex in a much lower dosage. Other than that, fluids – and chicken soup has been proven to be effective.
If you get a rattling/mucous issue, you can use Mucinex to get it coughed up. Gross, but necessary.
Post # 8
If your physician said you had the flu, they should have given you a prescription for Tamiflu. But rest and fluids are always best. Don’t beat yourself about not getting the flu shot, remember it only protects against 2 strands and had last years H1N1 in it. There are many strands of flu out there so no one is ever fully protected.
Post # 9
thanks everyone for the suggestions!!
@MissGreen: she said it was flu but said there’s nothing she could give me. i read online that tamiflu’s only effective if taken within the first 48 hours since it’s more about prevention or something? but i didn’t go in until past that mark since i thought it was just a cold at first. so rest and fluids for me, unless it gets worse or doesn’t go away–she told me to come back on monday if i wasn’t feeling better by then. she was worried it could turn in to pnemonia, but other than that to just treat my symptoms with otc stuff.