Phenylephrine, a popular ingredient in many over-the-counter allergy and cold medicines, is ineffective in tablet form, an independent advisory committee to the US Food and Drug Administration found earlier this year.
Phenylephrine became the main ingredient in over-the-counter decongestants in the U.S. after pseudoephedrine, another drug, was restricted because it can be used to make methamphetamine.
Phenylephrine is also found in many decongestants in Canada, including Nyquil, though pseudoephedrine is still found in others, such as Sudafed.
Over the years, numerous studies have questioned the benefits of phenylephrine, finding it no better than a placebo in trials.
The FDA advisory panel challenged the drug's effectiveness in 2007, but the regulator allowed the products to remain on the market pending additional research.
The ingredient is considered safe to use; that was not up for debate. But many doctors have questioned phenylephrine’s effectiveness for years.
So, what are some alternatives when we are feeling a bit under the weather?
This is liquid gold for any upper respiratory infection as it helps open airways and relieve congestion.
Containing a great combination of the following herbs, rosemary, honey, witch hazel, fenugreek seed, black seed, king solomon seed, ginseng powder, damiana leaves, marshmallow, sage, juniper berries, chamomile flowers, cloves, spearmint, cinnamon, thyme it is incredibly effective for relieving asthma and snoring as well!
The standardized botanical extracts found in Cold Pro have potent anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. This broad spectrum formula contains classic immune herbs such as Echinacea, Goldenseal, and Astragalus, with the addition of Wild Indigo for its cough soothing effects.
This was a common topical and oral remedy for bacterial infections before the advent of antibiotics. It is still commonly used for bacterial and microbial infections as well as pink eye, ear infections and sinusitis with incredible results.
Steam Inhalations with Respiratory Relief or Cold Prairie Winter
Going old school can work like a charm. Simply fill a pot with boiling water, add 5-8 drops of either Respiratory Relief or Cold Prairie Winter essential oils, cover your head with a towel and breathe deeply. This is an amazing way to get rid of pesky head colds and in particular sinus infections.
*Respiratory Relief Essential Oil is currently unavailable online, please call the clinic to order.*