The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Alternative Health

How Can You Find Natural Cough Medicine That Works?

A search for a natural cough medicine from Germany turned up several herbs that can be helpful. Have you tried elderberry, thyme or Andrographis?

Jar of Vicks VapoRub
Alternative Health

Can Vicks VapoRub on Your Soles Calm Your Cough?

Have you ever massaged Vicks VapoRub on your soles at night to get some sleep without coughing? Many readers find this is a helpful remedy.

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Angioedema

Delayed Cough with Lisinopril Can Lead to Misdiagnosis

Most people are alert to drug side effects that arise after a few days or weeks. But what about a delayed cough with lisinopril that takes years to show up?

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Coughs

How to Make Onion Syrup for a Cough

Some readers like to make onion syrup when they have a cough. It is an old home remedy that seems to help calm a cough with minimal side effects.

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Alternative Health

Will Honey and Chocolate Ease Your Cough?

Honey and chocolate are unorthodox cough remedies, but there is evidence they can be helpful to calm an unpleasant cough.

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Coughs

Can You Get Addicted to Cough Syrup?

Dextromethorphan is the active ingredient in many OTC cough medicines. Be aware that it is possible to become addicted to cough syrup.

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Alternative Health

Will Chocolate Calm Your Cough?

Might chocolate calm your cough? Some research is suggestive but inconclusive. Treat it as a possible home remedy and try it yourself.

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Alternative Health

How to Calm a Cough Naturally

Thymol in Vicks VapoRub or thyme tea can help calm a cough naturally. Here are instructions on how to make your own cough syrup at home.

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Coughs

Cough Remedy Plus Antidepressant Spark Scary Serotonin Syndrome!

Drug interactions are more common than most people realize. Even something as seemingly safe as an OTC cough medicine can trigger scary serotonin syndrome.

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Coughs

How to Make Thyme Cough Medicine

You can make your own thyme cough medicine right in your kitchen. Here's the recipe, along with the explanation about why this homemade medicine works well.

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Alternative Health

Vicks on Soles of Feet Calmed Grandkids’ Coughs

You can ease grandkids' coughs at night by smearing Vicks on the soles of their feet at bedtime. This remedy works for grown-ups, too.

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Alternative Health

Terpin Hydrate Helped World War I Veteran

What do you do for a cough? Do you find that dextromethorphan (the DM in OTC cough meds) tastes terrible? Have you ever found that terpin hydrate helped?

Jar of Vicks VapoRub
Arthritis

Should You Pay Less for Vicks VapoRub®?

An irate reader discovered that a favorite rub now contains a synthetic ingredient instead of natural essential oil. Should we pay less for Vicks VapoRub?

Old man coughing and holding chest having a bad cold
Coughs

How Can You Find Terpin Hydrate Cough Medicine?

Terpin hydrate cough medicine is not found in regular drugstores, but a compounding pharmacy can make some of this old-fashioned medicine for you.

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Colds

How to Take Care of Kids with Colds

Parents should be wary of using OTC medicines to treat kids with colds. Some home remedies, such as honey for coughs, may be more helpful.

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Alternative Health

Can A Bar of Soap Stop a Cough or Laryngospasm?

Are you getting tired of reading that a bar of soap can ease muscle cramps? We get it. We frequently write about this remedy. But here are some new soap stories, including laryngospasm.

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Colds

Beware Unnecessary Antibiotics from Urgent Care Centers

Have you ever been given a prescription for a cold or the flu? Unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions are common, especially at urgent care centers. Read Joe's personal tale of woe and intrigue.

Onion and onion slices on wooden cutting board.
Colds

Have You Tried Onion Syrup to Calm a Cough?

Simmering onions in sweet water to make onion syrup can offer relief for a persistent cough. Other remedies include ginger, thyme and eucalyptus.

Thymus citriodorus (Lemon thyme or Citrus thyme) in the garden
Colds

Spices for Unexpected Cough and Cold Relief

Sage, thyme and ginger can offer surprising cough and cold relief.

a child taking cough syrup
Colds

How to Make Your Own Cough Syrup

It is not difficult to make your own all-natural cough syrup at home using thyme, lemon and honey.