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Cold, Flu and Allergy Sufferers Can Select the Best Over-the-Counter Medications with Help from Pharmacists
Date:2/27/2012

  • Adult Cold-Liquid Products – Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom (22% of 2,529 pharmacist recommendations)
  • Adult Decongestants – Sudafed (58% of 1,932 pharmacist recommendations)
  • Adult Expectorants – Mucinex/Mucinex D/Mucinex DM (70% of 1,645 pharmacist recommendations)
  • Adult Multisymptom Allergy and Hay Fever Products – Claritin-D (33% of 2,307 pharmacist recommendations)
  • Adult Multisymptom Cold or Flu Products – Mucinex D (30% of 2,177 pharmacist recommendations)
  • Adult Multisymptom Cold or Flu Products-Nighttime – NyQuil (30% of 1,234 pharmacist recommendations)
  • Adult Topical Decongestants – Afrin (64% of 1,372 pharmacist recommendations)
  • The 2011 Pharmacy Today Over-The-Counter Product Survey reveals pharmacists top OTC product picks in 77 categories. The survey was conducted in September 2011 and published in the February 2012 edition of Pharmacy Today. It was completed by over 1,400 practicing community pharmacists who are recipients of Pharmacy Today.

    The annual survey tracks the OTC products that pharmacists are recommending to their patients as well as the interactions they are having with those patients. With more than 100,000 nonprescription medications on the market and more than 1,000 active ingredients, it's critical that patients consult their pharmacist to maximize the benefits from medications and minimize the potential for harmful drug interaction and/or side effects.

    Optimizing Your Pharmacist's Over-The-Counter Medication Suggestions

    • Discuss the symptoms you are trying to treat, and the duration of those sympto
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