oa SA Pharmacist's Assistant - Combination cold and flu preparations : what the pharmacist's assistant should know : colds and flu

Volume 12, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1608-9634
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1068



As the seasons change from summer to autumn to winter, the number of patients requesting medications for colds and flu is likely to increase. Preschool children may experience a cold five to seven times a year, with the incidence decreasing to two to three times a year for adults. Often, cold and flu symptoms are not severe, but because they may affect day-to-day functioning, the patient may wish to take something in order to "feel better". There are many available combination cold and flu preparations. The pharmacist's assistant should ensure that the patient uses one that suits his or her particular needs.

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