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Kristina Duda, R.N.

Ibuprofen for a Cold?

By December 8, 2010

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Last night I woke up with a cold. I had a really sore throat, post nasal drip and I could hardly breathe. I couldn't sleep because the mucous draining down my throat was too painful. So I did something I don't typically do when I get a cold - I got up and took some ibuprofen.

For some reason I rarely think to take a pain reliever when I'm sick unless I have a fever or a headache. But I could tell that my throat was really swollen and it hurt so much that I couldn't sleep. So I took ibuprofen to relieve both the pain and the swelling. Since it is an anti-inflammatory drug, it helped relieve the swelling in my throat and my nasal passages. I was finally able to sleep and I could even breathe better.

It's just something to keep in mind next time you have similar symptoms. Of course, ibuprofen is not right for everyone. Don't take it if you are taking another medication with a pain reliever in it or if you have been taking other NSAIDs (such as naproxen or aspirin).

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