User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


67° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Healthbeat

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Cold Remedy Crunch

January 6, 2012, 6:14 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Cold Remedy Crunch
SIOUX FALLS, SD - You may have noticed fewer over-the-counter flu, cough and cold medications on store shelves. That's because of a variety of factors.

If you're noticing familiar medications missing from store shelves, it may be because companies are reformulating the products.

"A lot of the combinations they're finding actually do more harm than good, so if you're treating one symptom and you're throwing four drugs at it, it's actually doing more harm than good a lot of the time," Lewis Drug Pharmacist Sara Gossen said.

Gossen says the changes come after regulators became concerned about people accidentally overdosing.

"If you start combining a cough and cold that you didn't even realize has Tylenol in it with a Tylenol over-the-counter pain medication, then you can get too much of that Tylenol and not even realize it," Gossen said.

In addition to recalls and reformulations, you might be seeing fewer products on the shelves because more people are suffering from colds and allergies.

"With the winter we're having, without those numerous hard freezes, the allergies just keep going, and we've seen more allergy products that usually get relief about this time of year or shortly before really struggling still," Gossen said.

And if you are dealing with the sniffles, you might have to look into using a different product than in the past.

"I would really hope in the next few months we would start seeing the shelves not so bare anymore," Gossen said.

An overdose of acetaminophen, which is what Tylenol includes and is contained in many medications, can cause liver damage and possibly death.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View healthbeat

You may also like

Why Redheads Sell

8/27/2014 6:19 PM

You may not need any convincing to buy a Frosty or a chicken sandwich from Wendy's. But for those who need a little push, a growing number of mark...

Full Story | Watch
Few Attend Medical Marijuana Protest At State Fair

8/29/2014 6:00 PM

A protest promoting the legalization of medical marijuana Friday didn't turn out the numbers organizers were expecting.

Full Story | Watch
Active Kids Means Smart Kids

8/28/2014 6:19 PM

In a fun game of "Four-Square," these Harvey Dunn Elementary students can reap the benefits of physical activity throughout the school day.&...

Full Story | Watch
Statins Can Help Keep Heart Problems At Bay

9/1/2014 6:00 PM

Steve Becker has gone through a few lifestyle changes to improve his heart health.

Full Story | Watch
Benefits Of Probiotics

8/29/2014 6:09 PM

Most of us think of bacteria as a bad thing. After all bacteria is often what make us sick.

Full Story | Watch


Events