Columbus doctor and pharmacist weigh in on the best cold and flu medications

Columbus doctor and pharmacist weigh in on the best cold and flu medications
With cold and flu season kicking off, store shelves are stocked with everything including pain relievers, tissues, cough drops and nasal sprays.  But how do you know which are the best medications to relieve your symptoms?

Walking down the cold medicine aisle at a local pharmacy or grocery store, customers will find shelves stocked with various treatments, some accompanied by brand names and others relatively less well known.

It’s a sight that experts say can overwhelm people looking for a quick fix for cold or flu symptoms.

“I tell everyone that generic products work just as well as brand-name products,” said Matt Fishley, chief pharmacist at Mount Carmel Healthretail pharmacy division of . “But anytime you’re not familiar with the product, I’d check with the pharmacist or your doctor.”

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With cold and flu season here, over-the-counter cold and flu medications will be hitting many grocery carts and homes for months to come.

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