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Old 10-04-2006, 12:30 PM   #21
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Eat comfort foods - pudding, soup, and whatever sounds good.
Yes, good hot soup (I like chicken noodle) might make you feel better. Maybe Greg will make you some.

Rest and get well soon!

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It really is best to flush them when they expire, though.
Rich, I heard a woman on the local radio station today saying that flushing meds down the toilet is bad for the lake waters. Didn't catch how we are supposed to dispose of expired meds, but if we toss them in the garbage, they could leak out of landfills, right? (A picture of a big vat of medicine all tossed together like a wapatui then came to mind and I wondered if something like that would explode eventually or if there is even a way to purify such a concoction of chemicals, but that's just my monkey-brain... ) Anyway, I will call that radio station and ask what the speaker recommended as the way to dispose of expired medicine.
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Re: I'm all stuffed up!
Old 10-04-2006, 12:54 PM   #22
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I wish I can give you a soothing solution but I rarely get sick now that I no longer work in an A/C environment but when I have gotten a cold in the past, I would just ride it out taking nothing accept for an occasionally aspirin or tylenol if I have a temp above 100.
I have rinsed out my nasal passages with warm salty water though to get some relief.

Get well real soon !
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the way to dispose of expired medicine.
Here you can take them to the local pharmacy, hospital, or clinic. (Who can guarantee what happens to them afterwards, though..).

As far as medicaments in the water supply goes.. that's how they have estimated cocaine usage here.. by the concentration of benzoylecgonine in the River Po! http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4746787.stm

Nords.. seawater is the best! I miss the sea. If I do the nasal irrigation thing I'll use sea salt. (for the "iodio".. another Italian maxim/superstition.. breathing the minute quantity of iodine in sea air restores health).
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Interesting Q for Rich: are there any real 'contraindications' (see my fantastic grasp of the lingo) in taking outdated OTC meds?

In my case, primarily aspirin, but also some other cold meds. I tend to stockpile it since aspirin here is something like $4 for eight pills (yes, there is a downside to socialized medicine, when it includes grotesque protectionism for mega-corps like Bayer.. Want aspirin? Pay Bayer. period.)...
Out of date drugs OTC or Rx may or may not still be effective and safe. The expiration date is based on storage at various conditions for the "life" of the drug. There is always some slack for quality and safety so a few months with something that is designed to be stored at room temp. that is stored in a cool dark place will be OK for several months past the expiration date. How long is really and unkown since different drugs degrade at different rates and in different ways. To be safe, discard within a few months (less than 4) of the stated expiration date and you should be fine.

BTW, aspirin from ANY company is the same as Bayer...just cheaper. The FDA and USP require any drug that is labeled as USP, be nearly identical so there is no real difference in manufacturer other than price. Store name brands all come from major pharma companies and are private labled for each store. Chances are that a Walgreens and a Walmart aspirin both came from the same factory.

Martha,
Sorry to hear about your cold. I have found that zinc if taken in the first day or two of a cold will shorten the duration by a day or two. If you start too late it does not seem to do much.

Lots of fluids will help with the congestion and help you heal faster. Colds take time and there is not much one can do except treat the symptoms until it finally goes away in 7-10 days.

Hope you feel better soon.
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1) as previously mentioned: chicken soup. it works.
2) even better: to a cup of hot tea, add a shot of irish whiskey and one tablespoon each of honey and lemon juice. repeat as needed.
3) not nearly as good nor enjoyable, but the only "medicine" that seems to work for me is pseudoephedrine hydrochloride (which often comes in combination with guaifenesin and acetaminophen in a "multi-symptom" cold formulation); but i'd recommend #2 above.
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...old aspirin just makes you smell like a kosher pickle.
At long last, I've finally discovered the source. And to think of the money I've wasted on industrial strength Right Guard.

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"...old aspirin just makes you smell like a kosher pickle."

At long last, I've finally discovered the source. And to think of the money I've wasted on industrial strength Right Guard.

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Well, if you'd taken all the advice, here, you'd probably have overdosed by now, but.... I take Theraflu or another of those hot cold and flu drinks and it helps me a lot. You have to drink plenty of water though, or it will dehydrate you.
Hope you feel better Martha.
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Martha, I feel for you baby. But come Friday, I'm gonna have a different kind of stuffyness. Like something stuffed up my a$$. Yup, a colonoscopy. Just picked up the gallon jug of crap I have to drink tomorrow. Tonight will be last decent meal for awhile. So as you can see Martha, things could be worse.

Rich, tell me I won't feel a thing. :P
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Ooh, sorry about the colonoscopy. Dad had one last week. The gallon jug was THE WORST part of the whole thing. For goodness sakes, make sure it is as cold as possible. And don't plan on doing, well, anything else for the duration. And lots of tp!
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Martha, I feel for you baby. But come Friday, I'm gonna have a different kind of stuffyness. Like something stuffed up my a$$. Yup, a colonoscopy. Just picked up the gallon jug of crap I have to drink tomorrow. Tonight will be last decent meal for awhile. So as you can see Martha, things could be worse.

Rich, tell me I won't feel a thing. :P
You won't feel a thing.

And, you'll love the GoLytely.

And, it will be very reasonably priced.

Still, you are doing the right thing. BTDT, and everyone in the room knew me.
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You won't feel a thing.

And, you'll love the GoLytely.

And, it will be very reasonably priced.

Still, you are doing the right thing. BTDT, and everyone in the room knew me.
For some reason, I don't believe you.
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For some reason, I don't believe you.
Would you have been happier if he had made comments about freight trains, badgers, etc.?

Listen to the good doctor.
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I've only had two colds in my life. The first, when I was a teenager. The second, a month after I started my immuno-suppression drugs for my transplant in '96. The second cold lasted 90 days! Haven't had one since and it's been 10 years. The transplant Dr. warned me that I'd get sick more often now that I had a transplant because of the meds. I told him I never get sick. His words: Those days are over!

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I hear it's not nearly as bad as you expect -- just be sure to tell the Dr. if you taste metal.


Martha -- I agree with whoever said you should be sure to rest. I used to fight colds -- they always won. Now I surrender right away in the belief that the germs will go easier on me if I do.

Take a nice, hot shower, retire to bed with your medication of choice, the chicken soup, a good, easy read, and the TV remote, and stay there until you're better.

Hope that's soon,
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Dog ... you won't feel a thing. Worst part is the prep.
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Absolutely, the starvation, the "crappy" liquid, some mag citrate for killer heartburn, and the dashes to the toilet. The actual procedure is a piece of cake...
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How in the world did this thread go from head colds to colonoscopies
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Chicken soup--or a relative like wonton or hot & sour soup--makes me feel a bit better when I have a cold. And homemade applesauce. Long, hot showers are soothing--I'd use a sauna if I had one. Sweating feels good when I'm stuffy. I like to be both pampered and left alone with a cold, if that makes sense. I like DH to offer me tea or ginger ale or next dose of meds every couple of hours, and maybe fluff my pillows, but otherwise be left in peace, alone with some chick flicks or a good (but nontaxing) read. The good part is not having to go to work sick!

Feel better soon, Martha!
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