Let’s face it: your pharmacy is a zoo. Between the bright colors, overlapping claims, and endless brands, it can be utterly mystifying to choose an OTC medication for any kind of cold or allergy.
Sites such as Iodine have made inroads in this area, helping patients to narrow down their options based on specific symptoms and a la carte medicines, but the problem remains: as soon as you hit the general store, all clarity tends to go out the window.
This organization is trying to push back, offering a simple chart to help pharmacists help patients help themselves. It includes some basic helpful info about different classes and generations of drugs, with simple descriptions of each type:
To enable optimal treatment choice, it is important for pharmacists to explain some of the fundamental differences between available OTC treatments (Table1-5), and to differentiate adjunctive treatments from main-line therapies. Adjunctive treatments include nasal saline, which may temporarily clear extra mucous from the nasal passages.1 Decongestants reduce congestion severity by constricting inflamed nasal vasculature and can be used with an antihistamine.4
Don’t overspend for brand names, and don’t “flood the zone” with medications that won’t directly address your symptoms. And if you have questions about sinus headache, sinus pain or anything else, contact the LA sinus experts today.