April 14, 2008 by  
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Yup, I caught a cold.

It’s kind of a bummer since I just got back from a layover where I should have been shopping. Instead, I spent it in bed trying to get some much needed rest. Nothing worse than being sick and away from home. Although, I did get to sleep 13 hours in one stretch!

When I called DH at home, he asked if I took Airbornne or Sudafed or Robitussun or any other kind of OTC medicine. Nope. Just a lot of liquids and rest. Those type of medications don’t seem to really work for me. And they’re so expensive that I really can’t afford the trial-and-error method.

What about you? What kind of OTC medicines have you found to work? Maybe if I can narrow it down a bit, I’ll head on over to WalMart later and check it out.


Spotlight Comment by Angela of The Robinson County Post:

Are you sure you’re not just playing hookie so you can play some Sally’s Salon? Just kidding. Hope you feel better soon! (Drixoral is my standby for congestion—the only thing that works for me…but it tends to give me a little buzz…)

About the Author: Kailani:
Owner of An Island Life. A flight attendant and mother to 3 beautiful girls. . . living a blessed life in Hawaii.
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32 Responses to “*Cough*Cough*Achoo!*”
  1. 1
    Sheila says:

    We tend to use nyquil at nite when we get sick. Wal-Mart sells a generic and it comes in both liquid and gel-caps.

    Have you heard of Ayr? I really like using their gel (aloe and saline) nasal moisturizer when flying long trips. I blogged about it, in case you are interested. If the dry plane air bothers you, you’ll love it. It’s cheap and you can find it at Wal-Mart also.

    I hope you get better soon!

    Sheila’s last blog post..Confessions from the Chicken of the Sea

  2. 2
    Quirky says:

    Personally, I’m a fan of good ol’ Vitamin C. Hubby and I get them in the cough drop form, and I swear they cut the cold down from 10 days to 3. And make it not as bad. As soon as I get even a tickle, I pull out the C and pop a couple. Maybe it’s just a mind thing, but they totally work.

    Good luck on the cold! Hope you feel better soon!

    Quirky’s last blog post..4/11/08 Fashion Fiesta! Ole!

  3. 3
    Krista says:

    I’m more of your persuasion. I don’t take medicine unless I absolutely have to. About the only thing I can’t sleep through (with Tylenol PM) is a sore throat so if hot tea isn’t working then I try cough drops (only Hall lemon ones without the medicine centers) and finally if that doesn’t work then I have some Chloraseptic spray. It usually does the trick.
    Oh, and to make it go away faster, gargle with warm salt water. This will kill germs in your throat!
    I hope you’re feeling better soon!

    Side note: I met some friends at church yesterday. They got stuck in Hawaii for 4 extra days over Spring Break because of those 2 airlines going out of business! The first flight they could book was for April 16th, but they managed to get on standby on day 4! Crazy!

    Krista’s last blog post..SBP4 – The Grand Canyon

  4. 4
    yoshi says:

    I never really try to take any medicine when i’m sick. I usually get a carton of OJ and make sure I keep up on the vitamin C. :D

    Oh also, I do the chicken noodle soup thing, or I make some ginger tea. the ginger really helps.

    yoshi’s last blog post..The macbook fiasco

  5. 5
    Crazy Daisy says:

    I try to avoid meds, and just use vitamins and water. However, during my last 3 week episode of sickness I use Day and nyquil, with some success.

    Crazy Daisy’s last blog post..Weekend Flair – #5: Handmade Cards!

  6. 6
    Renee says:

    I like the Ziacam nasal swabs. They are like a Q-tip covered in goo that has the Zinc in it…you rub one of those around in your nose for a bit. They recommend 3X per day for a few days…but I usually just manage once or twice. I do see a significant decrease in the durration of my illness.

    But I’m quite the germaphobe. The other day at Church I was giving both me & DD the hand sanitizer before we went up for communion. They have us Share the Peace and then go up for communion… There are some days when I just wanna move instead of shaking hands with those people. :p

    Renee’s last blog post..and so it continues *where’s the eyeroll smiley?*

  7. 7
    witchypoo says:

    Anything that kickstarts your immune system is good for me. I always liked tincture of echinacea, although it tastes yuck, its very good.
    In Canada, we have a wonderful product called ColdFX and I cannot say enough good things about it. I try to buy it when it’s on sale though.

    witchypoo’s last blog post..April 14 Puzzle

  8. 8
    Leanne says:

    Tylenol severe cold & congestion daytime warded off all of the stuffy sinus problems during the day, and vicks/mentholatum rub all over my feet (and put socks on over the top) helped tremendously at night.

    I got my cold a week ago Saturday, and it’s on its way out today. 8 days. blech – but better than the average 2-4 weeks.

    Leanne’s last blog post..4 out of 28 days, I suck.

  9. 9
    Tiffany says:

    Other than Vitamin C and echinacea, Airborne seems to do pretty well. It all depends on what has you down. I also like hot tea with honey. I hope you feel better soon!

    Tiffany’s last blog post..Blog Trouble

  10. 10
    desi says:

    the dr I work for always says; Take *** and be better in 7 days. Take liquid, rest & tylenol and be better in a week. Take your pick.
    He’s never been proven wrong.

    desi’s last blog post..HOW COULD I FORGET?

  11. 11
    Angela says:

    are you sure you sure you’re not just playing hookie so you can play some Sally’s Salon? Just kidding. Hope you feel better soon! (Drixoral is my standby for congestion—the only thing that works for me…but it tends to give me a little buzz…)

    Angela’s last blog post..Springtime at the Farm

  12. 12
    Christine says:

    Kailani, I hope you are feeling better today!

    For me, I can’t afford OTC meds either, I buy the generic version of Tylenol severe cold & congestion daytime. The only problem I have, even if it says non-drowsy, it still makes me sleepy.

    Christine’s last blog post..Welcome to my 2nd Bloganniversary~Day 1

  13. 13

    We use Robitussin here. It tastes really bad but works well. Hope you are feeling better soon :)

    Gloria @ Saddeyezz Scraps & Snaps’s last blog post..Happy Birthday To Me!!!

  14. 14
    Lissete says:

    My husband has been sick for almost a week. Nasty cold & hacking cough. He won’t take anything cause he’s a baby. Comtrex works for me sometimes. One time, I had his gawd awful cold & I even lost my voice. A friend of mine gave me a shot of whiskey. Yuck! Within 1/2 hour though, I had my voice back. I was tipsy but talking! ;) And not coughing or sniffling.

    I hope you’re feeling better

    Lissete’s last blog post..At Home

  15. 15

    I try to avoid the OTC solutions too – I just don’t like how they make me feel, on top of being sick to begin with. Generally I stick with Motrin or Tylenol and a lot of Vitamin C. And cough drops, if needed.

    I hope you’re feeling better soon!!

    Deb – Mom of 3 Girls’s last blog post..Monday Morning Meme #11

  16. 16

    I still love the Vick’s Vapor Rub to put on my chest, throat and under my nose. Other than that a simple cough drop or something to sooth an itchy throat and a sleep aid like Tylenol PM are the only things that seem to do much for me. Mostly I focus on sleep too!


  17. 17
    ciara says:

    both my girls have been sick for over a week. the oldest is worse, so i finally took her to the doctor. we came home with cough syrup and ear drops for her inflamed ear. if she’s not better in 2 days we have to fill a scrip for antibiotic for bronchitis. they also said that she needs to take sudafed, which must be good for decongestant. i find that most otc’s don’t work for me either…i always stay sick longer than most because of my thyroid problems. the allergies are a killer right now so i’m taking qvar and abuterol inhalers plus a scrip nasal spray. i could probably start my own pharmacy w all my meds! LOL

    ciara’s last blog post..Another Meme…

  18. 18
    angie says:

    Hands down. Sudafed. And it’s contraband here in Oregon. One has to get a prescription to get it, so I always stock up when I’m in other states. Didn’t I hear somewhere that Airbornne is being sued because their product doesn’t work? Hope you feel better!

    angie’s last blog post..The Hoodlum Speaks

  19. 19

    Zicam really works for me, but you have to get going it going at the very beginning for it to help.

  20. 20

    Tylenol Cold, Sudafed and plenty of rest works for me. Hope you feel well soon.

    Stylish Stitches’s last blog post..Must Have Monday #4 Leap Frog’s Letter Factory Video

  21. 21
    Pamela says:

    zinc, vitamin C, Echinacia

    (ps. I’m surprised you aren’t sick more often. I truly believe that a flight is like being in a giant petrie dish in the sky!)

    Pamela’s last blog post..Fun Monday – Five Words, Five Pictures

  22. 22

    Tylenol Cold and plenty of rest works for me. Hope you feel better soon.

    Stylish Stitches’s last blog post..Must Have Monday #4 Leap Frog’s Letter Factory Video

  23. 23
    Jeannie says:

    Sudafed PE!!! For sure!!! =) You’ve gotta try it!!!!

    Jeannie’s last blog post..I’m a LOBSTER but we had a GREAT weekend!

  24. 24
    Carey says:

    I hope you feel better soon.
    For coughs i like to buy Delsym. It works really well for the kids. For fever i buy Motrin, for anytihng else, i try to stay away from unless i really need it. I do like sudafed, but i think everything else(almost) is junk and not worth buying.

  25. 25
    Jessica K says:

    Unfortunately, I’m like you. None of those medicines seem to work for me. They either hype me up or knock me out, and NEVER get rid of my symptoms. We just opt for liquids, rest, and LOTS of vitamin C!

    Jessica K’s last blog post..Does it really have to be Monday?

  26. 26

    Since I am nursing I am extremely limited on what I can take OTC. When I have had colds this fall and winter I was told to take plain Mucinex to help with the congestion. My brother is a pharmacist and doubted that it would work. His wife a PA told me to give it a shot. I am not a firm believer in the stuff. It does amazing work for me.

    Feel better and rest as much as you can.

    TheAngelForever’s last blog post..Passover Ponderings

  27. 27
    Jamie says:

    If I am really down with a cold I’ll take Alka Seltzer Cold Plus at night (but at night only!) ;)

    Feel better soon!

  28. 28
    Shan says:

    I love the Vapo plugs if you’re stuffed up at night. It’s like Vicks Vaporub and glade plug in rolled into one. Whenever any of us gets a cold it’s the first thing I pull out. I find nothing works as well as getting a good night rest and these really help with that.

    Shan’s last blog post..on my own

  29. 29
    JenMarie says:

    Hope you feel better soon!
    (I don’t normally take anything)

    JenMarie’s last blog post..Ribbon Ring and Ribbon Shoes

  30. 30
    JenMarie says:

    Feel better soon!!

    JenMarie’s last blog post..Ribbon Ring and Ribbon Shoes

  31. 31

    I am sorry about your cold. When I first start to sniffle, I start taking garlic and ecchinnecea(I cannot spell that word). I take it three times a day and I usually feel right as rain in a day or so.

  32. 32
    Kila says:

    The OTC meds never do much for me, either. I still like Vicks Vapor Rub the best! And vitamin C and Zinc.

    Kila’s last blog post..Monday…

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