Skip to comments.Dangerous Cold Medicines
Posted on 02/27/2010 1:35:14 PM PST by truthfinder9
Many people, victims of the public education system, still believe that anything they buy or the doctor gives to them is safe, or that the Government is out there keeping them safe. Here's one of many examples of the FDA acting only after people are sickened or die. Perhaps people should learn how they get sick to begin with, and how to naturally prevent it, then they wouldn't need gallons of drugs a year.
From Green Barbarians by Ellen Sandbeck:
Some members of the American College of Chest Physicians reviewed decades' worth of studies and concluded that there is no scientific evidence whatsoever that the active ingredients in most over-the-counter cough medicines...have any effect at all on coughs. The doctors did find, however, that over-the-counter cough medicines have a very strong placebo effect.
In 2007, the CDC announced that over a two-year period, fifteen hundred toddlers and babies were treated in emergency rooms because of bad reactions to cold or cough medicine; three of these infants died...the pharmaceutical industry voluntarily withdrew all "infant" cough medications from the market. Also in 2007, the FDA warned parents that cough and cold medicines should never be given to children under the age of two, and advised against giving them to children under age of six.
That's why my kids get a small dose of adult medicine now.
Who knows what the dopey reporter may have been trying to say - that few COLD medicines reduce the other cold symptoms (nasal congestion and drainage)?
All that most OTC medicines do is mask symptoms to make you more comfortable. Of course, you stay sick longer. Our bodies were designed to fight off and eliminate illness. Anti-diarrheal medications are one that I REALLY don’t understand. If your body wants rid of something don’t try to hinder it.
Enough studies showed it dangers to convince the FDA. Or maybe it was the dead kids. That’s usually when the FDA belatedly steps in.
Never mix aspirin with alleve. Never mix tylenol with alcohol. The first will ruin your kidneys, the second will ruin your liver.
And I choose to never use over the counter cold medicine. It kills brain cells.
There are a host of safe alternative remedies available for colds and flus. Big Pharma, in cinjunction with the MSM, keeps this information out of public awareness as much as possible.
Oh, please. Guaifenesin works like a charm on chesty coughs, and has to my personal knowledge since the 1980s. Ditto Chloraseptic cough drops, especially the nasty green ones that completely deaden the throat from your wisdom teeth down to your esophagus, and make your tongue go numb. Why would they want to deny little kids relief?
“Why would they want to deny little kids relief?”
That language is really inflammatory. Do you have proof that he wants to deny relief to little kids?
When I get a cold that reaches a stage of uncontrollable, dry, unproductive coughing my pharmacist lets me sign for a codeine cough syrup. It's schedule IV so they keep track of you to prevent abuse, but it always does the job.
Guaifenesin is the only thing that’s ever worked for me.
You may be right about anti-diarrheal meds, but having just read up on the common cold (don’t ask why!) - I’ve found a lot of old wives tales and plain BS often gets taken as gospel.
For example, allergic reactions like sneezing can help remove irritants like dust or pollen, but don’t do a darn thing to get rid of viruses, which stay fat and happy in the nasal cavity. So I figure, why suffer the symptoms if it doesn’t matter?
My reference for this is: http://www.commoncold.org/special1.htm
If anyone can dispute these claims, I’d be interested in knowing.
I have found a swallow of Bailey’s stops my cough better than any “syrup.”
And I don’t drink, not normally, so it’s not an excuse for Bailey’s :)
Who “he”? I am taking about the FDA, because, according to this story: “... the FDA warned parents that cough and cold medicines should never be given to children under the age of two, and advised against giving them to children under age of six.” Sounds to me like the FDA wants to deny relief to little kids, whose parents had been giving them relief-bringing medicine for years until the FDA butted in. Sorry my comment was so difficult for you to understand.
Yes, that's correct, up to a point. Prolonged diarrhea causes severe dehydration, however.
A physician told me the best expectorant is water.
Maybe the FDA doesn’t want any more kids to die. Or maybe they don’t want their supporters at the drug companies to get sued and lose all that money they give to the politicians that run the FDA.
Well for a cold I can’t dispute the claims exactly. I can just tell you my experience. We always work with our symptoms instead of suppressing them. Flushing the nasal cavity, taking a expectorant etc. We don’t tend to be sick more than 2 or 3 days. You don’t want to know what we do for throwing up and fevers. :)
I corrected myself in the next post, the he should have been they. I understood what you meant perfectly. I don’t think the intent is to deny them relief. I think it is an unintended consequence of their action. I am not for government regulation. I am however for full disclosure. If there are serious side effects a parent should know before hand.
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