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Avodart (Dutasteride)

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Other names: Dutagen
COLDS AND FLU: FINDING COMFORT
Even if you take an active role in trying to head off colds and flu, at least three to four times every year or so your nose is likely to be transformed into a nasal Niagara. Although there isn’t a cure for these viral interlopers, there are ways to make yourself more comfortable.
Bring out the big guns. When your flu is caused by the type-A virus, your doctor may recommend a prescription drug called amantadine (Symadine, Symmetrel). Taken within two days of the onset of symptoms, amantadine can cut the duration of your illness in half, says Michael Fleming, M.D., a family physician in private practice in Shreveport, Louisiana. But fast action is critical: If you wait a week before taking the drug, it probably won’t be effective.
Drink up. This is the best way to keep virus-fighting mucus thin and flowing. When you’re sick, “the mucus secretions can get very thick,” says Dr. Debin. “And when they’re thick they’re going to obstruct airways—that’s when pneumonia can set in.” Drinking eight to ten eight-ounce glasses of water a day should help keep things fluid. Warm liquids are usually more soothing than cold ones, she adds.
Go easy on the booze. Alcohol can suppress your immune system and make you even more uncomfortable by drying out mucous membranes. So lay off the libations until after you’re feeling better, says Dr. Fleming.
Eat well. Good nutrition—lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, along with protein sources, like beans, dairy products and lean meats—makes for a stronger immune system, research shows. While a well-rounded diet won’t prevent all colds and flus, it will improve your odds for staying healthy, adds Dr. Fleming.
Exercise a cold. Regular exercise can help prevent colds by strengthening your immune system. But research also suggests that exercise during a cold also might help you get over it. But there are several “buts”. Wait until the acute symptoms have passed—usually three days—and go easy. Do not exercise if you are experiencing chest congestion, aching muscles, a hacking cough or a fever. You could slow your recuperation if you do, says Bryant Stamford, Ph.D., director of the Health Promotion and Wellness Center at the University of Lousville.
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