National Retailer in Great Falls and Montana Pulling Cold Medications

Starting next week across Central Montana and more, a cold weather system will be moving in to bring us freezing temperatures, rain mixed with snow and the ever-present wind that always will accompany it.

It also means another season will be rearing its ugly head to us.  That of cold and flu season.  But one pharmacy is making it a bit more difficult to combat the sniffles.

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CVS Pharmacies says that while there are some that may work, a few of those without proper testing are going to be coming off their shelves in the near future.  This also affects many different brands, all because of one ingredient.  Ever heard of "phenylephrine"?

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Certain oral cough and cold products with phenylephrine are meant to help with decongestion, others are meant to help with headaches or even hemorrhoids.  But a panel of advisers to the U.S. health regulator last month refused to back the effectiveness of oral over-the-counter medicines made with phenylephrine.

The common products that you may no longer find on shelves of CVS according to Reuters are:

Benadryl, Kenvue's Tylenol and Haleon's Advil are among the prominent cough and cold syrups containing phenylephrine that are sold in the U.S.

How do you combat the general cold or flu season?  Will this affect your shopping habits or the season, or will you just struggle through and hope for the best?  Let us know in the comments of our social media, through our app chat feature on the app or you can email us here.

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