Do's and Don'ts for flu symptom medications
Here are some do's and don'ts when taking certain over-the-counter medications to help relieve flu symptoms.
18+ years of age and older
DO choose appropriate over-the-counter medications to relieve specific symptoms.
DO read medicine labels carefully and follow directions.
DON'T double up on medications.
Children/Teenagers | Age 7-18 years of age
DO take acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or ibuprofen (Advil ®, Motrin®, Nuprin®) to relieve symptoms. They do not contain aspirin.
DO check ingredient labels on over-the-counter cold and flu medications to see if they contain aspirin.
DON’T give aspirin or products that contain aspirin to children or teenagers unless directed by your doctor.
Children | Age 6 years and younger
DO use a cool-mist humidifier and/or a suction bulb to help clear away mucus.
DO follow your doctor’s instructions for care.
DON’T give over-the-counter cough and cold medications to children 6 years of age and younger.