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Take the Right Over-the-Counter RX

Your initial instinct may be to reach for medicine, but know what you're taking before you swallow. For fever, aches and pain, aim for acetaminophen, because other fever-reducers such as Motrin or Advil can cause upset stomach, says Davtyan. Read the labels of multi-symptom cold medicine -- you shouldn't take what you don’t need. ”There's no need to take cough medication when there is no cough," says Davtyan. And be careful with decongestants. They can increase heart rate and blood pressure, so Davtyan recommends only using them under a doctor’s supervision, and never for more than a few days.

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