Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Looking for medicines?

Our family was yet again hit with the cold virus. Every winter and spring we go through the rounds of sickness bugs. I was readily willing to review cold products from the Quigley Company, makers of the popular Cold-EEZE zinc lozenges.

I got Kids-EEZE Chest Relief, which is a new product from Cold-EEZE. It is a single-ingredient, allopathic expectorant with guaifenesin to help children suffering from uncomfortable chest congestion. Kids-EEZE Chest Relief is a unique soft chew, available in both strawberry and grape flavors, that offers relief of chest congestion for children six years and older. Because Kids-EEZE only contains guaifenesin (100mg), it’s a safe, effective alternative to the many multi-symptom children’s cold products that could potentially lead to overmedication. Nathaniel was dealing with coughing and chest congestions, and the Kids-EEZE chest relief helped him out. He said the taste was good, and it didn't leave any bad after taste. Each box of Kids-EEZE Chest Relief contains 12, individually-wrapped, kid-friendly “soft chews,” which is a safer way to take medicine (no chance of spillage or meds left in the medicine dispenser).

Cold-EEZE zinc lozenges (for adults) are clinically proven to safely and effectively reduce the duration and severity of the symptoms of a common cold by 42 percent (or within three to four days). Cold-EEZE, which contains zinc gluconate glycine, provides 13.3 mg of ionic zinc per lozenge. Zinc can help promote the strength of the immune system, and is required for the development and activation of T-lymphocytes that help to fight infection. Once you feel a cold coming on, start sucking one Cold-EEZE lozenge every two-to-four hours. Available in tasty flavors like new sugar-free pomegranate, strawberries and cream, cherry and honey lemon, among others, Cold-EEZE lozenges are a good way to get your zinc without a metallic aftertaste.
I had the Chocolate Mint Organix Cough and Sore Throat Drops, and I can say that it is tasty, and I think it worked well for me. For me, these are the best tasting cough drops (that are effective) out on the market! Cold-EEZE makes the Organix Cough Drops, and they are Certified USDA Organic. I like that the Organix cough drops are great for kids, too. My kids like the taste, and I know that these cough drops don't contain any harsh chemicles~but they are natural.
These great-tasting, medicated drops contain a proprietary formulation of natural menthol derived from organic peppermint oil combined with pectin to suppress coughs, cool nasal passages and soothe irritated, sore throats. Organix is available in a unique Dark Chocolate Mint flavor, as well as Purely Peppermint, Orchard Cherry and Golden Honey Lemon, and you can purchase over the counter. Even the twist wraps of each lozenge is made from fully compostable corn starch!

Cold season marks the start of antibiotic season. But for many, antibiotics are not without side effects. One out of five people suffer from antibiotic-associated diarrhea, or AAD. Florastor and Florastor Kids have been clinically proven to help prevent and treat AAD. Antibiotics are necessary to kill the bad bacteria that cause ear infections, strep throat, etc., but these medications also kill the good bacteria in our stomachs, often causing AAD. Florastor and Florastor Kids contain a yeast-based probiotic called Saccharomyces boulardii that helps repopulate your tummy with good cells that protect from AAD. Because Florastor contains a yeast probiotic, it won't be killed off by antibiotics like bacterial probiotics will be. Florastor comes in a capsule, and Florastor Kids, which is safe to use in children as young as 2 months, is a powder, so it can be mixed into formula, juice, soft foods like applesauce, etc. Fortunately, I have not needed to sample these yet. I am glad I have a product available if needed, though.

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