What Medicines to Take
Although both microorganisms cause disease, viruses differ from bacteria in that bacteria generally respond to antibiotics, whereas viruses do not. Antibiotics do not work against cold or flu germs. To treat the symptoms of the common cold, doctors prescribe antihistamines and decongestants. For coughs, doctors prescribe cough suppressants and expectorants.
- Nasal decongestants = unclog your stuffy nose
- Cough suppressants = quiet coughs
- Expectorants = loosen phlegm, so you can cough it up
- Antihistamines = stop your runny nose and sneezing
Ask your doctor about which medications are best for you.