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Decoding which flu medication is for you


It’s one of the worst flu seasons in years and trying to figure out a good over-the-counter medicine to take can make your head spin.

With drugs that promise to relieve multiple symptoms, like a cold, flu and sore throat, you could end up taking something you don’t need.

If you take another medicine that contains one of those ingredients, you might wind up taking too much.

Consumer Reports recommends choosing a single-ingredient drug whenever you can, like ibuprofen for aches and pains or acetaminophen for a fever or headache.

When in doubt, check with a pharmacist for help understanding over-the-counter drug labels.