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Sneezing, sore throat, a stuffy nose, coughing -- everyone knows the symptoms of the common cold. It is probably the most common illness. Every year, adults get about 2-3 colds, and children get even more.

What can you do for your cold or cough symptoms? Besides drinking lots of fluids and getting plenty of rest, you may decide to take medicines. There are lots of different cold and cough medicines, and they do different things.

  • Nasal decongestants - unclog a stuffy nose
  • Cough suppressants - quiet a cough
  • Expectorants - loosen mucus so you can cough it up
  • Antihistamines - stop runny noses and sneezing
  • Pain relievers - ease fever, headaches, and minor aches and pains

Before taking these medicines, read the labels carefully. Many cold and cough medicines contain the same active ingredients. For example, taking too much of certain pain relievers can lead to serious injury. Do not give cold or cough medicines to children under four, and don't give aspirin to children. Finally, antibiotics won't help a cold.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Atarax FDA Approved Drugs

HYDROXYZINE HYDROCHLORIDE [Hydroxyzine HydrochlorideC21H27ClN2O22ClH]
10mg (oral tablet)
10mg/5ml (oral syrup)
25mg (oral tablet)
25mg/ml (injection injectable)
50mg (oral tablet)
50mg/ml (injection injectable)
Amneal PharmSep 24, 2008
Eci Pharms LlcJun 30, 2008
Elite Labs IncDec 28, 2004
Heritage PharmaAug 20, 2014
Hetero Labs Ltd IiiMay 29, 2008
Invagen PharmsMar 12, 2008
Kvk TechMar 20, 2007
MylanJun 7, 2010
Northstar HlthcareMar 31, 2008
Nuvo Pharm IncMar 29, 2017
PlivaJan 10, 1986
Prinston IncMay 27, 2005
Hi Tech PharmaOct 28, 1994
Silarx Pharms IncAug 21, 2013
Vintage PharmsApr 10, 2002
WockhardtApr 12, 1982
Fresenius Kabi UsaApproved Prior To Jan 1, 1982
LuitpoldApproved Prior To Jan 1, 1982
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WARNING: Consult a licensed physician in the appropriate field for medical treatment and drug prescription. Do not self medicate.