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Coughs, Colds and Congestion: Oh My!

With over 1000 individual products, both over the counter and prescription, it is sometimes a challenge to know which medications can be used to treat which symptoms of common respiratory illnesses. Using audience interaction and humor, we will review the current information regarding the four main classifications of medications available, along with when these products should be recommended. In addition we will look into how our patients actually use these medications and how they can be abused by some. Have you have ever wondered about the following: How much pseudoephedrine is needed to make methamphetamine? What happens when dextromethorphan is abused? How much codeine containing cough syrup can be purchased in 30 days? When completed, each participant should leave with a little more real-world education about what happens when we prescribe or recommend these seemingly “simple” medications, and how to teach medical trainees in minutes about this subject matter.

Learning Objectives

  • Review current information and misinformation about medications for the treatment of respiratory illnesses.
  • Review the 4 main classes of medications used to treat the symptoms of common respiratory illnesses.
  • Review individual medications within each class.
  • Present a framework to teach this topic to medical students and residents.

Presenter
Ron Russ, DO

Disclosure Information
In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, ACOFP requires that individuals in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all financial relationships with any ineligible company. ACOFP reviews the disclosed relationship and mitigates all relevant financial relationships to ensure independence, objectivity, balance, and scientific rigor in all their educational programs.All individuals in control of the content of this activity have no relationships with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Accreditation and Credit Statements
The American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. ACOFP designates this program for a maximum number of 1.0 AOA Category 1-A credits and will report CME with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.

This program is sponsored by ACOFP for educational purposes only. The material presented is not intended to represent the sole or best medical interventions for the discussed diagnoses, but rather is intended to present the opinions of the authors or presenters that may be helpful to other practitioners. Attendees participating in this medical education program do so with the full knowledge that they waive any claim they may have against ACOFP for reliance on any information presented during these educational activities.

Disclaimer
This program is provided by ACOFP for educational purposes only. The material presented is not intended to represent the sole or best medical interventions for the discussed diagnoses, but rather is intended to present the opinions of the authors or presenters that may be helpful to other practitioners. Participants engaging in this medical education program do so with the full knowledge that they waive any claim they may have against ACOFP for reliance on any information presented during these educational activities.

Questions
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