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The answer to this question depends on another one: What are your symptoms?

There are cold medicines that address all of the most common cold symptoms, while other medicines are made to relieve more specific symptoms, such as cough.

If you have three or more symptoms, you may want to look for a multi-symptom cold medicine, such as  Daytime Severe Cold & Flu.

However, if you have fewer symptoms, it is a good idea to take a medicine that will address that specific symptom. If you have only a cough, for example, you should go for a medicine that has dextromethorphan (Cough Relief) as the active ingredient. If mucus or congetion is your main issue, you may want to give Nasal Decongestant or Mucus Relief a try.

If you want to be prepared for anything that comes your way, a Cold & Flu Bundle is a great option.

Daytime Severe Cold & Flu

Provides maximum strength non-drowsy relief of common cold and flu symptoms such as headache, cough, fever, sneezing, sore throat, runny nose, and nasal congestion.

Compares to: Vicks DayQuil™ Severe Cold & Flu

Best for: Individuals who need to control severe flu or cold symptoms during the daytime. If you have intense cough and congestion, Daytime Severe Cold & Flu is a great option.

Please refer to Daytime Severe Cold & Flu FAQs for more detailed information.

Cough Relief

Provides control and relief of a frequent cough.

Compares to: Robitussin Long-Acting Cough Gels

Best for: People who have a dry cough as the only significant symptom. If you have a wet or productive cough, consider also taking a medicine that has guaifenesin, such as Mucus Relief.

Please refer to Cough Relief FAQs for more detailed information.

Mucus Relief

Provides relief for persistent coughs and congestion by loosening thick mucus.

Compares to: Mucinex®

Best for: People who have intense congestion and chest cough with no other significant symptoms.

Please refer to Mucus Relief FAQs for more detailed information.

Nasal Decongestant

Provides maximum strength, non-drowsy relief for sinus and nasal congestion.

Compares to: Sudafed® PE Congestion

Best for: Individuals whose main symptoms are congestion and stuffy nose.

Please refer to Nasal Decongestant FAQs for more detailed information.

Daytime Cold & Flu [Coming Soon]

Provides non-drowsy relief of common cold and flu symptoms such as headache, sneezing, minor pains, sore throat, runny nose, cough, and nasal congestion.

Compares to: Vicks DayQuil™ LiquiCap

Best for: Individuals who need to control moderate cold or flu symptoms while maintaining the energy to perform daytime activities.

Nighttime Cold & Flu [Coming Soon]

Relieves common cold and flu symptoms such as headache, sneezing, minor pains, sore throat, runny nose, and cough, while also helping you catch some much needed z's.

Compares to: Vicks NyQuil™ LiquiCap

Best for: Individuals who need to manage moderate cold or flu symptoms in order to have a good night of sleep.

Nighttime Severe Cold & Flu [Coming Soon]

Provides maximum strength relief of cold and flu symptoms such as headache, fever, cough, sneezing, sore throat, and runny nose, while also helping you catch some much needed z's.

Compares to: Vicks NyQuil™ Severe Cold & Flu

Best for: Individuals who need to control severe cold or flu symptoms overnight.

As a general rule, you should not mix multi-symptom cold medicines. This is because they likely have the same active ingredients, and taking a high dosage of these ingredients might cause serious problems.

Single-symptom medicines generally can be combined as long as they don’t address the same symptom. For example, you can take a Nasal Decongestant and expectorant like Mucus Relief at the same time, but not two decongestants.

If you want to be on the safe side, ask a pharmacist if certain medications can be combined before taking them.

Most people who contract a cold will experience symptoms for around seven days. Most colds get better in 3 to 4 days. After a week, your body should have eliminated the viral infection. While your body does its job to fight the infection, you can use cold medications to manage symptoms.

If you still have cold symptoms after seven to ten days, stop using cold medicines and visit your health care provider. This may be a sign of a more serious respiratory illness.

You might start feeling a cold’s symptoms one to three days after you’re exposed to a cold-causing virus.

These symptoms vary from person to person and may include:

  • Sore throat

  • Chest congestion

  • Cough

  • Runny nose

  • Slight body aches

  • Sneezing

  • Low-grade fever

  • Tiredness

If you start feeling stronger symptoms, such as high fever or shortness of breath, make an appointment with a doctor promptly.

The average American adult gets two to three colds per year. Since there are more than 200 viruses that cause the common cold, the human body can never build up resistance to all of them. However, there are many habits you can develop if you want to avoid getting sick all the time.

Some of these habits include:

  • Washing your hands regularly

  • Sanitizing surfaces you come into contact with often (i.e. phone, kitchen counter, keyboard)

  • Avoid touching your face

  • Get your daily dose of vitamin C

  • Exercise regularly

  • Maintain a healthy diet

  • Stay away from people who currently have a cold

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All of our factories are FDA-audited, ensuring world-class manufacturing processes and healthy sourcing. After leaving our factories, your medicine goes straight to a Valisure laboratory where they are tested for purity, safety (safe from carcinogens and impurities), and gluten (medicines are gluten-free).

Fair Pricing

We will always keep prices fair and honest, especially when you need us the most. Ask us more about our "pay-what-you-can" policy for those in need.

Delivered to Your Door 

Avoid an unwanted trip to the pharmacy. Cabinet delivers directly. Perfect for sending to friends or family who are unwell and need your help.

Better for the Environment

Cabinet has developed the first and only non-plastic packaging in pharmaceuticals to address the 194 billion single-use plastic bottles produced by the industry each year. In addition to sustainability in packaging, we invest in plastic offsetting for any plastic still produced in our supply chain, while also providing carbon neutral shipping for all of our customers. 

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Joanna Tam, PharmD, Healthcare and Content ManagerOn October 15th, 2021