Pharmacist’s warning over common flu mistake that’s a ‘waste of money’

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“You cannot use this for longer than seven days as it can cause something known as rebound congestion which ultimately means that when your cold infection causing your symptoms has gone, your nasal symptoms will still persist. You can be fine and the rest will have gone, but you will still have a stuffy nose, so that’s something to bear in mind.”

He added: “Those are the main ingredients that are contained in a host of different bits and bobs at the pharmacy. If you actually look at the ingredients there, most of them will be the same, just marketed in different ways. You don’t need to go for the most expensive brands, the corporate companies will do their own versions, like Boots or Superdrug.

“If you go and look at the cold and flu remedies and you actually pick up a well known branded product and compare the ingredients, they’re going to be the same. You don’t need the most expensive ones, that’s just the power of marketing.”

Abbas did add that there was one product that is a ‘waste of money’ in his opinion, but he’s seen many people purchasing it alongside cold and flu medicine over the years.

“There are certain products like immune boosters, vitamins and supplements, that unless you’re actually deficient in these particular vitamins or nutrients, which anyone following a steady, balanced diet should not be, then there’s no need to take them.

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