What over-the-counter medications can I take for my swine flu symptoms?

Over-the-counter (OTC) medications can be used to treat specific symptoms of swine flu (H1N1). For example, decongestants can be used to reduce nasal congestion, and acetaminophen and ibuprofen can help your fever and body aches.

You can take over-the-counter medications containing acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen for swine flu symptoms such as aches, pains and fever. Age-appropriate doses of these drugs are fine for kids as well, but never give a child under 18 aspirin: It has the potential to cause a potentially fatal illness called Reye's syndrome.

Besides taking OTC drugs for swine flu symptoms, be sure to drink plenty of fluids and take it easy: Rest helps the body fight infection.

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