A while ago I did an entry in this category about Nyquil. That still stands. It really is a godsend. Definitely not meant to cure anything but it sure helps you get through. Well this time around I made it more generic so that it could apply to a broader scope of medicinal cures that could also aid in recovery. Or perhaps not so much as appears to be the case this time around.
I felt this nasty cold coming on since early yesterday. Probably because the early morning weather has started getting colder than normal and my body wasn't adjusting as quick as it should have been. Usually when that's the case I would try to cut it off at the pass by taking some Comtrex. I was being stubborn this time. I was hoping that maybe it was a false alarm so I did nothing. Of course I was wrong though. It wasn't long before I couldn't breathe out my nose and was coughing up lungs and whatnot.
I was giving a few suggestions of different meds to take. The first was Emergen-C. As far as medicines go it wasn't the bad tasting. At least when you mix in the raspberry flavor with Simply Lemonade. It then tastes like a stronger version of the raspberry lemonade. The only problem is I guess in order for it to be truly effective you have to take it before you actually get the cold/flu. That was too late for me. Which would explain why I couldn't really tell that it helped at all. Not so sure it even suppressed the symptoms at all.
My next option was to try Nyquil's baby brother Dayquil. The only reason why I had to opt for that version was because I had to work Friday. I couldn't very well take a medicine that would have me drowsy and disoriented when I'm supposed to be handling claims. However, the problem was that Dayquil wasn't quite as strong as Nyquil. It actually did do a better job of suppressing the symptoms, but still not enough. Although the coughing subsided a little, I could stil barely breathe. Plus, it ended up making me a little dizzy which wasn't really that great a tradeoff to avoid the drowsiness.
Someone else had suggested Airborne. I remember I had tried that once before but couldn't recall how successful it was. There were two things that turned me off to even trying that. One was the fact that they wanted nearly 7 bucks for the smallest version. The other was that it was similar to Emergen-C in that you're supposed to take when you first see symptoms of the cold/flu and not after you already have it. So I didn't go that route at all.
My last choice was Alka Seltzer Cold Plus capsules. I can see why some people have problem taking pills like those. They're gel capsules but those things are rather huge. I could see a smaller person getting a little paranoid about having something that large getting lodged in their throat. I was desperate though. Almost willing to try anything at this point. As far I could tell they had an effect similar to the Dayquil. The only difference was they didn't make me quite as dizzy.
I came to the conclusion that it was a combination of a few different things that helped get me through. And when I say "helped get me through" I am really speaking pessimistically because the cold isn't gone yet. But I found that the Dayquil along with the Alka Seltzer Cold Plus and even some orange juice seemed to do the trick. They all quelled the symptoms enough to make the day manageable. That combination also had me a little more disoriented than I wanted, but it's a small price to pay for feeling completely sick.