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Doctor insights on: Alka Seltzer Plus Cough And Cold

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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Is it possible to put alka seltzer cold and cough in a humidifier?

Is it possible to put alka seltzer cold and cough in a humidifier?

No: If want to active ingredients in alka seltzer to enter your body, using a humidifier will prevent this from happening. The medicine will not vaporize efficiently; it will be trapped in the humidifier itself. ...Read more

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I take a generic version of zyrtec (cetirizine) in the morning can I take alka seltzer cold and cough at night?

I take a generic version of zyrtec (cetirizine) in the morning can I take alka seltzer cold and cough at night?

Yes: And if you can quit smoking, you'd get sick much less! Don't forget that in the winter, our noses need moisture--even when we think they are stuffy. Many times they are asking for moisture. I like ayr saline gel spray as it sticks and doesn't run down the back of your throat. Steroid nasal sprays are helpful too! ...Read more

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7th day now- have cold & low temp — severe cough — now no voice — been taking alka seltzer severe flu — don't wanna over react — wait or go to dr?

7th day now- have cold & low temp — severe cough — now no voice — been taking alka seltzer severe flu — don't wanna over react — wait or go to dr?

Follow up: Over the counter medications are not very effective. I would recommend relieving congestion with nasal saline, keeping well hydrated and taking a tsp of honey. If your cough is severe, a follow up is recommended. If there is difficulty breathing /high fever, please see your physician. Most uncomplicated viral illnesses clear up in two weeks. Virtual appt can be made. ...Read more

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Is it possible to put alka seltzer cold and cough into a humidifier and breathe in the medication instead of drinking it?

Is it possible to put alka seltzer cold and cough into a humidifier and breathe in the medication instead of drinking it?

No: If want to active ingredients in alka seltzer to enter your body, using a humidifier will prevent this from happening. The medicine will not vaporize efficiently; it will be trapped in the humidifier itself. ...Read more

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Could I take alka seltzer plus cold if I have allergies?

Could I take alka seltzer plus cold if I have allergies?

Ok except: Alka seltzer contains aspirin, so it should be avoided by those people with Aspirin allergy. Otherwise, alka seltzer at usual doses is well tolerated by those who have environmental allergies. ...Read more

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Can I take alka seltzer plus cold and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at the same time?

Can I take alka seltzer plus cold and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at the same time?

Cough medicines: Alka seltzer plus has I believe Acetaminophen and phenylephrine in it which is a decongestant but not an antihistamine. It also has dextromethorphan cough suppressant. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an antihistamine. So yes you can take them together of added effect on sinus and nasal congestion. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can make you sleepy. ...Read more

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Can I take Mucinex (guaifenesin) with alka seltzer plus cold? Thanks in advance.

Can I take Mucinex (guaifenesin) with alka seltzer plus cold? Thanks in advance.

Yes: No drug interactions were noted on Drugs. Com drug interaction checker – but that is not a guarantee that an interaction could not occur. (http://www.drugs.com/interactions-check.php?drug_list=42-7323,1200-719) ...Read more

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Is it ok to take alka seltzer plus cold and flu and take clartin d in the same day?

Is it ok to take alka seltzer plus cold and flu and take clartin d in the same day?

Multiple medications: Before you start treating yourself, you must have a diagnosis in mind. Do you think you have the flu? If so, none of the items you are taking offer any effective treatment for it. They are a little like chicken soup, they may not help you and they cannot hurt you. If you have phlegm that is greenish, see a physician for antibiotics. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dx ulcerative colitis and coming down with a cold. Can I take alka seltzer plus or should I avoid it?

Dx ulcerative colitis and coming down with a cold. Can I take alka seltzer plus or should I avoid it?

I'd avoid it myself: Ask a doctor or pharmacist for alternative suggestions. It is not recommended: http://www.Webmd. Com/digestive-disorders/features/tip-sheet-ulcers-pain-relievers
tolerating cold symptoms can be a challenge, but you might discover things that will work without making your condition worse. Good luck. ...Read more

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Will Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Effervescent Tablets get rid of chest congestion?

Will Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Effervescent Tablets get rid of chest congestion?

NO: Hot steam showers, honey, expectorants like Mucinex (guaifenesin) or Delsym DM, warm water gargles and staying ahead on fluid intake: 8-10 8 oz, glasses of fluid daily. ...Read more

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How long do i have to wait to breast feed after taking alka seltzer cold plus?

How long do i have to wait to breast feed after taking alka seltzer cold plus?

10-12 hours: As the drug is a combo of 3 meds: aspirin (probably unsafe with breast feeding), phenylepherine (safety profile unkown with breastfeeding) and chloepheneramine (possibly safe). The first two can stay in the system for about 10-12 hours, the latter stays longer, may be a day, but not totally contraindicated during breastfeeding, and after 12 hours wouldn't be as concentrated in the system, good luck ...Read more

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Can I take Alka-Seltzer Plus Night Severe Cold and Flu if I'm on Zoloft (sertraline)?

Can I take Alka-Seltzer Plus Night Severe Cold and Flu if I'm on Zoloft (sertraline)?

Possible interaction: According to the box label, each packet has diphenhydramine 25 mg (aka Benadryl) which causes sedation and might be a problem with Zoloft (sertraline) depending on your dose. Why not try a non-sedating decongestant? Ask the pharmacist for help. ...Read more