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Old 25.10.2011, 13:41
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Any recommedations for cold/flue remedies from pharmacy here?

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I am sick since I came to Zurich which was about a month ago. I arrived with mild tonsillitis which got really serious here and I spend 4 days in bed with very high fever. Not fun as I had no insurance here when came to visit so if I needed a hospital or ambulance (The medication seemed not to work as fast as it normally does in this case and the fever increasing) it would be Very Expensive game to play. Lots of stress for the first week in a new country.

I was taking antibiotics and a week after that I got cold/virus from someone so I was down with fever for another week...

It went away eventually but there was enough time to cause complications and go my respiratory system causing awful cough and bronchitis... so oh Joy! I went on antibiotics again.

Soon after I got better I walked up with a cold again which made me sneezing and my eyes watering with even a bit of sunlight.

Not sure if this has something to do with the climate change or the temperature in my flat, or maybe the air is too dry here but I am really sick of being sick and I won't take any antibiotics as long as I don't really have to. My liver will thank me for that.

The cough is still there and I don't have a fever but I have nothing except good old paracetamol to cure it.

Is there anything good for cough/cold that i could get in the Apotheke here? Could you please recommend me anything? Like a cough syrup or something else I can get without prescription.

In Poland it is common to drink raspberry tea but I didn't even find it here in Supermarket. I make tea with lemon ginger and honey but I would like to get something better.
What shall I ask for?
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Old 25.10.2011, 13:43
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Re: Any recommedations for cold/flue remedies from pharmacy here?

For a start, if you want a good chance of avoiding getting genuine influenza, get a flu jab (unless you've actually had flu already, in which case you should be protected)
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Re: Any recommedations for cold/flue remedies from pharmacy here?

I don't have a flu. I think I had it already.
The fact is that I didn't take proper care of myself. I have to admit it.

Instead of staying at home I went for few walks, went to the bank, shopping etc. That's because I generally felt OK most of times and I thought that getting fresh air would be better than staying at home and I was really bored at home so I was sure Im well enough but now you see... If I stayed in bed it wouldn't be going on for so long, silly me
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Re: Any recommedations for cold/flue remedies from pharmacy here?

You can get raspberry and lemon tea in Migros:

http://www.leshop.ch/leshop/Main.do;...-_Citron_25pcs

For OTC remedies I would go for Neocitran for a cold:

http://www.consumer-health.ch/de/pro...neocitran.html

And no I don't work for Novartis
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Re: Any recommedations for cold/flue remedies from pharmacy here?

You can ask for NeoCitran at an Apotheke. It's a powder you add to hot water, and is good for flu and colds.

Also, you can get Erkältungstee at the supermarket in the tea section. Migros has a line called Klostergarten of various herb teas including Erkältungstee. Hope you feel better soon!
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Re: Any recommedations for cold/flue remedies from pharmacy here?

Our standard go-to emergency cold medicine is called Wicks Medinait (yes, spelled like that), it has to be taken for three days straight in the evening and it helps you sleep and cope with fever, cough and sniffling. However it's more of a "I just can't take a day off now!" medicament, I think maybe all you need is some rest and time for your body to heal.

As for something similar to your polish tea, I would suggest Rosehip & Hybiscus by Twinings. I think it tastes quite similar, since the basis is always Rosehip fruits.

Best of luck!
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Another vote for NeoCitran. It really does work!
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Another vote for NeoCitran. It really does work!
Plus a few duvet-days. The OP seems to be constantly plagued by infection which sounds like she's not allowing enough time to rest and strengthen the immune system.

Rest is just as important to give the body time to recover.
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Re: Any recommedations for cold/flue remedies from pharmacy here?

I would recommend steam inhalations. You should pour boiling water over some herbs, e.g. thyme or camomile. Then place a towel over your head, creating a kind of a 'tent' and inhale the vapour for 15-20 minutes. It's good to add some plant oils, e.g. Eucalyptus.
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Is there anything good for cough/cold that i could get in the Apotheke here? Could you please recommend me anything? Like a cough syrup or something else I can get without prescription.
Just make sure to understand that nothing you can get, with or without prescription, will significantly affect the longevity of your cold - a cure is still not available. The vast majority of OTC treatments seek only to alleviate symptoms, like paracetamol for the headache, syrupy drinks for a sore throat, or more potent things like pseudoephedrine to relieve congestion. Caution should be exercised in using any of these, in that they may make you feel better sooner, and thereby encourage you to go back to work or restart other physical activity before the virus is properly controlled, weakening the body's systems and potentially increasing the risk of chronic problems like you've been experiencing.

I'm often guilty of this myself, as I'm permanently walking a knife edge of activity vs. tiredness due to other chronic problems; as a result my colds tend to last between two and three weeks, unless I just bite the bullet and rest properly to let my body recover. Sleep is, I've found, the best cure for a cold. three or four days of sleep, ideally.

The small proportion of treatments that make any claims to shorten or stop a cold's progress are all unproven, and should therefore be treated like Homeopathy or other placebo treatments.
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For a start, if you want a good chance of avoiding getting genuine influenza, get a flu jab (unless you've actually had flu already, in which case you should be protected)

I checked that and you were right about these flu jabs. I had them before just not this year. So far I can't take it but I will as soon as Im better if that ever happens.... I started 3rd course of Zinnat last night, what a wonderful start! no Halloween, no parties nothing
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Re: Any recommedations for cold/flue remedies from pharmacy here?

I need books... lots of books... and magazines.... lots of magazines in English or I will go crazy here


Can anyone bring anything to Kolinplatz?
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