oa SA Pharmacist's Assistant - Making sense of active ingredients in combination cold and flu medicines : OTC products

Volume 9, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1608-9634
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1068



Patients suffering from colds and flu may experience a number of different symptoms. As no single active ingredient is likely to address all the symptoms, multi-ingredient preparations are frequently used. On the other hand, the patient may not need all the different ingredients in a multi-ingredient product. So, how does the pharmacist's assistant select the most appropriate product?

This article looks at some of the common ingredients found in combination cold and flu medications.

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