Generic Name: DECONGESTANT/DEXTROMETHORPHAN/ACETAMINOPHEN/GUAIFENESIN -
ORAL Mucinex Cold-Flu & Sore Throat Oral Uses
This combination medication is used to temporarily treat
cough, chest congestion, fever, body aches, and stuffy nose symptoms caused by
the common cold, flu, or other breathing illnesses (e.g., sinusitis,
bronchitis). Guaifenesin is an expectorant that helps to thin and loosen mucus
in the lungs, making it easier to cough up the mucus. Dextromethorphan is a
cough suppressant that affects a certain part of the brain (cough center),
reducing the urge to cough. Decongestants help to relieve stuffy nose symptoms.
This product also contains acetaminophen (APAP), a non-aspirin pain reliever
and fever reducer.
This medication is not usually used for ongoing coughs
from smoking, asthma, other long-term breathing problems (e.g., emphysema), or
coughs with a lot of mucus unless directed by your doctor.
Generic Name: EMOLLIENTS - TOPICAL Cold Sore Top Uses
This medication has 2 types of ingredients (emollient,
keratolytic) that work together to treat or prevent dry, rough, scaly, itchy
skin (e.g., eczema, keratosis, xerosis). Dry skin is caused by a loss of water
in the upper layer of the skin. Emollients are substances that soften and
moisturize the skin and decrease itching and flaking. Emollients/moisturizers
work by forming an oily layer on the top of the skin that traps water in the
skin. Petrolatum, lanolin, mineral oil, and dimethicone are common
Lactic acid, salicylic acid, and urea are keratolytics.
They increase moisture in the skin by softening/dissolving the horny substance
(keratin) holding the top layer of skin cells together. This helps the dead
skin cells fall off and helps the skin keep more water in. Higher strengths of
urea are used to treat corns, callous, and some nail problems (e.g., ingrown
According to various recent news articles, researchers at
Duke University have made a discovery that could make cold sore sufferers very
happy. They have found that HSV-1,
which is very common and typically causes cold sores on the mouth, produces
microbits of genetic material, called LAT RNA, which cause the virus to lay
dormant in one’s body. When
someone has an outbreak only part of the virus comes to the surface while the
remainder stays latent, possibly growing stronger. So even when one takes an anti-viral, the medication is only
affecting part of the disease, but not the whole. It is this characteristic that makes herpes so hard to get
Scientists believe that if they can design a drug to prevent
the function of LAT RNA, they could potentially wake up the virus in its
entirety. By doing so, the virus
would become fully exposed, and then a herpes sufferer could take Acyclovir,
which would at that point, theoretically, get...
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