While I'm not sure how the medicine would cause your body to react, I can give you information to alleviate your cold symptoms. If you place 3 drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide in 1 ear for 10 minutes, then do the other side, every 4 hours, your symptoms will quickly subside. As for a cough and sore throat, you can gargle with a cup of half water and half peroxide. It works wonders for me. I use the drops every time I feel a cold coming on. I haven't been sick in years.