02 Nov Winter blues
The build up to Christmas can be hectic, so any help we can give to our immune system is vital. We recommend Echinacea by A Vogel in tablet or tincture form, which can be taken in water for faster action. Vitamin C, chewable or soluble in 250mg, 500mg or 1mg alone or combined with Zinc is also a simple effective immunosupport. Rubex is a widely known Irish Vitamin C product, widely stocked by independent pharmacies, similarly, Sona range offers Zinc 15mg tablets, taken once a day, or combined with Vitamin C, in a chewable form, once a day. Solgar vitamins offer a wide variety of high-grade supplements in unique formulas not available in mainline brands.
If the winter chill grips, coughs can be one of the first symptoms to take hold. Our trained staff will advise, and choose the best medication that suits your needs, based on current prescribed medication and lifestyle demands. An expectorant cough medicine is suitable for chesty, mucus containing cough. Currently there are several products, Benylin expectorant, Robitussin, both containing Guaifenesin, which is sugar free and suitable for diabetics and Exputex for strong, thick mucus. These medicines are non-drowsy and non-habit forming and can be taken during the day or at night in combination with Paracetamol if required and help to soothe the lungs and the assist removal of unwanted phlegm.
We recommend the widely acclaimed Leech’s cough mixture, based on the traditional Leech pharmacy formula, a non-drowsy expectorant, that is both soothing and effective. Repeated sales by our customers year on year, are testament to the benefit of this endearing medication.
A dry, irritating cough which does not contain mucous, is problematic also. Benylin and the sugar free Robitussin preparations for dry coughs are an option, both are non-drowsy, and non-habit forming and are soothing and supress mucus or phlegm, providing relief. When sleep is being disturbed, our trained staff can advise on drowsy versions of these products, which are generally not suitable for nursing mothers, elderly patients, expectant mothers or long-term use.
It is not recommended to give cough medications to children under 6 years of age. Natural oil containing products such as Eucalyptus and Menthol contained in Snuffle babe, can be applied to babies of 2 years and under. Vicks vaporub can be applied to the feet or chest areas of toddlers over 2 years, providing simple effective relief, especially at night time.
Colds and fever are treated by taking either paracetamol or ibuprofen products, used alone or in combination with other medications. Paracetamol comes as 500mg containing tablets, the dose is two tablets every four to six hours, never more than 8 tablets in 24 hours and is excellent for drying up watery symptoms and controlling fever and headache.
Paracetamol is suitable for asthmatics and can be taken in soluble form or a Lemsip hot drink. Combinations with Paracetamol are usually presented as Day and Night Benylin containing a drowsy antihistamine to aid sleep and pseudoephedrine to help unblock sinuses. 4 Flu is similar but is stronger and used for more serious colds. Uniflu contains paracetamol, an antihistamine, Vitamin C and caffeine. Ilvico contains paracetamol and an antihistamine, also caffeine.
None of these combination products should be taken without advice from our trained staff, as Pseudoephedrine is not suitable for asthmatics or people on prescribed blood medications.
Paracetamol is an ideal pain reliever for children as it works quickly to reduce temperatures and may be given in syrup form from 6 months onwards. Infant suppositories are available starting at a dose of 180mg and dosages are based on infant age and weight.
Nurofen cold and flu product contains the anti-inflammatory painkiller in combination with pseudoephedrine. While being effective, it is not suited to asthmatic patients or those on prescribed blood pressure medications, or patients receiving ulcer medication. Ibuprofen is available in syrup and suppository forms for children .It is an effective pain reliever and will help with cold symptoms, but again is not suitable for asthmatic prone children.