5 tips to optimize my medicine cabinet
I choose the right pain reliever
Paracetamol remains the first reflex when one is in pain somewhere without having to consult. This is the safest option, and the one with the least side effects. On the other hand, formulas that combine with pseudoephedrine should be avoided, such as cold, headache and sore throat treatments that dry up the nose. "The problem is that blocking nasal secretions also increases the risk of sinusitis and otitis," says Dr. Olivier Darreye, general practitioner. Beware also paracetamol-codeine cocktail: "We risk drowsiness, confusion and dizziness." These medicines are reserved for severe pain, in agreement with the doctor and following the protocol established with him. What about anti-inflammatories? "They are useful for pain that is resistant to paracetamol, such as migraines or inflammatory attacks of osteoarthritis," says the doctor. But they are contraindicated when one has kidney failure or in pregnant women. It is therefore used rather as second intention. In all cases, read the leaflet and observe the maximum daily dose.
I think homeopathy against digestive disorders
These are the only remedies that have no side effects or risk of interaction. In case of occasional constipation, choose Ignatia amara 5 CH, 3 granules, three times a day. Nux vomica 5 CH tackles nausea and abdominal cramps. We take three every quarter of an hour if we suffer from intoxication or gastroenteritis. Carbo vegetabilis 5 CH calm bloating (3 granules, three times a day).
I bet on essential oils anti-cold
Dr. Patrick Aubé, General Practitioner and Phytotherapist, recommends using three drops of peppermint essential oil (HE) in a tablespoon of warm water to prepare a gargle when your throat hurts. It also works effectively by inhalation against rhinitis and sinusitis, in a bowl of very hot water. Finally, the phytotherapist proposes to massage the chest with 20 drops of a mixture containing 100 drops of lemon eucalyptus, 50 drops of ravintsara, 50 drops of bergamot and 50 ml of vegetable oil.
I adopt the capsules of soporific plants
Dr. Aubé advises valerian and eschscholtzia for people who have trouble falling asleep. If you tend to wake up too early, it is better to turn to lemon balm, hops or hawthorn (2 whole plant capsules at evening meal, and again at bedtime).
I use antacids correctly
These gels, which are used during reflux, reduce gastric acidity and protect the esophagus, but may also interfere with drug assimilation. "You have to take them after your meal, and at least twenty minutes after your medications," Dr. Darreye recommends.
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