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what's the best of the counter medicine can take for flu while taking 20mg paxil (paroxetine) once a day?

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Dr. Shariq Refai
12 years experience Psychiatry
Flu: Flu is treated symptomatically. Treat the symptoms. Usually anything that states it treats the symptoms of flu. It can be tylenol (acetaminophen) cold and flu, nyquil, dayquil, or any other cold or flu medication that treats your symptoms. Most of them are safe with paxil.
Answered on Oct 1, 2013
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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Www.drug.com Using doxylamine together with PARoxetine may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience some impairment in thinking and judgment. You should avoid or limit the use of alcohol while being treated with these medications. Avoid driving or operating hazardous machinery until you know how the medications affect you. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.
Sep 19, 2013
Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Www.drug.comTalk to your doctor before using dextromethorphan together with PARoxetine. Combining these medications can increase the risk of a rare but serious condition called the serotonin syndrome, which may include symptoms such as confusion, hallucination, seizure, extreme changes in blood pressure, increased heart rate, fever, excessive sweating, shivering or shaking, blurred vision, muscle spasm or stiffness, tremor, incoordination, stomach cramp, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. You should contact your doctor immediately if you experience these symptoms while taking the medications. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.
Sep 19, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Flu: Meds not required.If you have flu hydrate well w water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. You can use pain relievers like tylenol (acetaminophen) or nsaid’s. Rest a lot! in some situations antiviral medications (tamiflu, relenza, flumadine) may be prescribed w/n first couple of days of sx’s to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness.
Answered on May 14, 2016

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