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Vegan Cold Medicines

Sneezing, stuffy and runny nose? Might be a cold. Colds are so common that most adults have around two to three colds a year while young children can have it more frequently. The peak of the cold season is typically between December and February, but it is possible to get a cold any time of the year.

What causes the common cold?

Although there are more than 200 different types of viruses that can cause a cold, rhinoviruses are the most common cause since they appear to thrive in colder temperatures. It can spread through air or close contact with someone who has a cold.

What are the symptoms of the common cold?

Symptoms of a common cold usually peaks within two to three days and can include:

  • Sneezing

  • Runny or stuffy nose

  • Sore throat

  • Mucus dripping down the throat (post-nasal drip)

  • Cough

How to prevent the common cold?

Protect yourself and others around you from getting the common cold by following these tips:

  • Keep your distance from people who are sick

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects

  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze

  • Eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep to keep your immune system strong

Animal-Free Cold Products

Below is a list of products VeganMed has verified to be Animal-Free Cold Products that can help relieve cold symptoms:




How To Use

Relieves chest congestion, thins and loosens mucus and lasts for 12 hours

​Extended-release Bi-layer tablets

Under 12 years: Do not use

12+ years: Take 1 tablet every 12 hours. Do not exceed 2 tablets in 24 hours

Temporarily relieves cough due to minor throat irritation associated with the common cold

Topical Ointment

Under 2 years: Do not use

2+ years: Rub a thick layer on the throat and chest. USe up to three times daily or as directed

Targets nasal congestion and sinus pressure at the source by reducing swelling in the sinuses

Decongestant nasal spray

Under 6 years: Do not use

6+ years: 2-3 sprays in each nostril, not more often than every 10-12 hours. Do not exceed 2 doses in 24 hours

*Do not use for longer than 3 days because can cause rebound congestion

Reduces duration of common cold and helps relieve nasal congestion

Non-drowsy, homeopathic quick-dissolve tablets

Under 12 years: Ask a doctor before use

12+ years: Take 1 tablet at the onset of symptoms every 2-3 hours, not to exceed 7 tablets in 24 hours. Dissolve the entire tablet in mouth

Addresses symptoms of the common cold including congestion, mucus, cough, sore throat, runny nose, and sneezing

Non-drowsy, homeopathic chewable tablets

3-11 years: Chew 1 tablet at the onset of symptoms every 4-6 hours as needed

12+ years: Chew 2 tablets at the onset of symptoms every 4-6 hours as needed


Catching a cold can be an annoyance leaving you feeling miserable and unable to carry out everyday activities. Our online store has a variety of animal-free products available that can effectively alleviate the symptoms of a cold. If symptoms become worse or fail to improve after 10 days or have shortness of breath or pain be sure to visit your primary care physician. Don’t let a cold get in the way of your productivity and overall well-being, take advantage of the available remedies and get back to feeling like yourself again!

Co-authored by: Sarah Tran


Disclaimer: The product and/or information provided on VeganMed is of a general nature and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. We do not lab test the products to confirm that they are free from animal ingredients, and it is possible that the formulation and ingredients could have changed. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or product. The information provided in this post is accurate and up to date as of the date it was written. However, please note that circumstances and facts may change over time, and new information may become available that could alter the accuracy or relevance of the content. We encourage readers to verify and cross-reference any information provided here with trusted sources or consult relevant professionals for the most current and accurate updates.


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