Antonietta Forrester is a pharmacist who has been helping patients deal with coughs and colds for more than 22 years. According to Forrester, while many Canadians know that sufficient rest and lots of fluids are important to feeling better, many don't know that some traditional over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold remedies can pose a risk to those living with or being treated for conditions like diabetes, hypertension, depression, or respiratory illnesses such as asthma.
The temperature's falling and out come scarves, mitts and hats. But besides cooler weather and a wardrobe change, it also means it's cold and flu season. For most Canadians, sneezing and sniffles are unpleasant inconveniences. But for the hundreds of thousands of people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, a cold or flu can be very serious. It can trigger a flare-up or lung attack, which can result in hospitalization, restricted mobility and even death.