Treatment with NSAIDs (e.g. Aspirin, Ibuprofen). 9 valid studies conducted, with 1,069 individuals. Reduces fever, pain and sneezing (but does not seem to reduce cough and runny nose) . Side effects seem minor, but long periods of usage may increase chances to heart attacks and strokes.
Consider this treatment with caution, and only when sneezing:
It reliefs discomfort caused by a cold (fever, pain). Do not expect it to reduce cough and runny nose, or to speed up healing. Side effects seem minor, when taken for a short period (2-3 days), but are dangerous to some adults.
Using this treatment can cause severe damage, especially to adults with gastric-intestinal infections or hidden kidney disease, which are quite common. Look for safer alternatives.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (for example: Aspirin, Ibuprofen and Naproxen)
Adults with cold, 16 to 65 years old
Varies according to drug, age and weight. Usually every 4-6 hours for adults.
Treatment of Common Cold symptoms
Reduces fever, pain (headache, ear pain, and muscle and joint pain) and sneezing. Does not seem to improve cough and runny nose. Does not effect the duration of Common Cold occurrences.
Minor reported side effects include stomach and intestinal discomfort , rash and swelling. Major side effects include stomach ulcers and kidney failure. Long periods of usage of NSAIDs other then Aspirin may increase risk of having a heart attack or a stroke.
Common Cold (symptoms caused by viral infection of the upper respiratory system).
Symptoms and signs:
Cough, general discomfort, headache, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, stuffy nose and weakness.
Bacterial infections: lung infection, middle ear infection, strep throat, sinus infection.
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