Do any cold remedies actually work?

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  • Don Taylor says:

    Thanks, Paul. Good to know about the unintended side effects of some these OTC remedies when used with other, seemingly unrelated medications (e.g. too much acetaminophens).

    Of course, the placebo effect of these OTCs, rather than their efficacy, may be what gives them value.

  • conchita fonseca says:

    Thank you for this. I spend many hours going through this with my clients every week! It will be nice to f/up from our conversation with a printout of this excellent and accessible review.


Paul Taylor


Paul Taylor is a health journalist and former Patient Navigation Advisor at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, where he provided advice and answered questions from patients and their families. Paul will continue to write occasional columns for Healthy Debate.

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