Based upon a plethora of experience, the chances of The Motley Monk getting a sinus infection on this trip are 4-to-1 “will.”
A study published by the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice examined the effectiveness of phenylephrine hydrochloride (PE HCl), which is widely used in over-the-counter treatments for nasal congestion. For one week, participants were administered different doses of PE HCl or a placebo. When taken orally in FDA-approved doses of up to 40 mg every 4 hours, researchers found the drug demonstrating no better efficacy than a sugar pill at relieving symptoms.
It wasn’t always this way.
Prior to 2005, pseudoephedrine—which demonstrated efficacy in treating nasal congestion—was used in over-the-counter treatments for nasal congestion. However, pseudoephedrine was being purchased in bulk by drug lords and processed into meth. The U.S. Congress responded by placing restrictions on the sale of pseudoephedrine.
That’s the bad news.
The good news? Medicines using pseudoephedrine today are stored behind the counter and available in limited quantities. Just ask the pharmacist and provide a valid ID and signature.
Believe it or not, it’s estimated that Americans spend $8B/year for over-the-counter cold medicines...which are no more effective than a placebo!
Why spend all of those hard-earned $$$s on something that isn’t medically efficacious?
There’s always a neti pot and Alkalol as well as homemade chicken noodle soup...
Let the discussion begin…
To read the study, click on the following link: