Do You Take OTC Meds When You’re Sick?

I'm sick. My body aches, my head pounds, my stomach is upset, and I've had a fever off and on. The works. Last night was the apex; I crawled into bed at about 7 p.m. and didn't get up until this morning.

At first, I balked at "taking something", thinking I'd just sink into sleep, but after a few hours of unrelenting discomfort, I asked my husband to bring me to two Tylenol capsules and a glass of water. Ahhh, soon my fever broke and I could drfit off to sleep. I repeated the process 6 hours later when my fever spiked again.

It all got me thinking about the many people out there who say they "don't believe in taking medicine" when they're dealing with a cold or flu and hesitate to ever turn to these sorts of meds. They may opt for teas and tonics, herbs and homeopathic remedies, but never a mainstream, OTC pill. After all, doctors do remind us that fever in and of itself is not a bad thing (unless your temp is over 103 degrees, many say). A fever is your body simply fighting off the intruder. However, if being more comfortable allows you more rest, then taking something to alleviate the symptoms can be good, don't you think?

So while ultimately I fall into the "take something!" camp, I do initially struggle with the concept. After all, two Tylenol aren't actually going to make me get better faster; they aren't really going to speed up the recovery process at the most cellular level. That's an entirely different thing, and I do think some people may conflate the two, believing that those colorful gel-caps are actual treatments, not just a temporary breather.

So what's your m.o. when it comes to hitting the medicine cabinet during an illness? Do you make a beeline for the bottle or just wait it out? Or do you opt for other remedies?

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