A Note on Paracetamol:
Many drugs that treat other symptoms (such as cold medicines) also contain paracetamol. Please do not take more than one drug that has paracetamol in them. This is because when taken in high doses, acetaminophen can damage the liver.
The maximum dose for paracetamol is 4 grams a day, that’s why if you’re taking it round-the-clock, you need to wait 4 hours before your next dose.
Now, if you have a liver problem, the maximum daily dose should not exceed 2 grams.
What About Aspirin?
Aspirin can also help improve fever and pains. However, doctors often caution patients on using it because of the risk of Reye’s syndrome – a condition that harms all organs, particularly the brain and liver.
Reye’s syndrome is rare, but it can affect people of all ages. Usually, it happens to children and teenagers who suffered from a viral infection, such as chickenpox or flu.
Generally, you use antihistamines to improve allergy symptoms like runny nose, watery eyes, and sneezing. However, since these symptoms could also be present when you’re suffering from flu, antihistamines can also be used as gamot sa trangkaso.
Here are some of the most common antihistamine medicines:
- Diphenhydramine – Please note that this can make you feel sleepy, so avoid complicated tasks, most especially driving or heavy lifting.
- Loratadine – This is classified as a non-drowsy antihistamine, but it may not be as effective as diphenhydramine.
- Cetirizine – This is also classified as a non-drowsy antihistamine, but few people still report feeling sleepy after taking this medicine.