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Is someone on biphentin, can he take cold medication?

Please use caution: Biphentin is a stimulant and thus caution is advised when using cold medicines containing decongestants (phenylephrine/pseudoepherine etc.). Medications such as plain mucinex, (guaifenesin) mucinex-dm, coricidin, Robitussin etc. Are relatively safe when taken appropriately as instructed. So, I would avoid/minimize use cold meds containing decongestant. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can cold medication affect you scroteum area?

Can cold medication affect you scroteum area?

No: Not it shouldn't but be more specific about what your issue was (rash?) and when it occurred in relation to taking the med. ...Read more

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Can combine aerius and extra stregth cold medication?

Can combine aerius and extra stregth cold medication?

Aerius=desloratadine: I suspect that you're not in the states b/c aerius (http://www. Drugs. Com/uk/aerius. Html) is not a brand of Desloratadine sold here. There's not likely to be an issue combining Desloratadine (antihistamine) w/cold medication (decongestant) unless you're an older male w/enlarged prostate. However, b/c you didn't mention specific name, I can't check 4 u. Instead, use drugs. Com's interactions checker. ...Read more

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Can I give my baby over-the-counter cold medication?

Can I give my baby over-the-counter cold medication?

No: Although as parents we want to do everything we can to help our children, cold medicines have not been shown to be beneficial, and are potentially harmful to young children. In fact, over the last several years the government has begun removing these products from the market. ...Read more

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Can I take cold medication if I'm taking methotrexate.?

Can I take cold medication if I'm taking methotrexate.?

See below: As a good rule of thumb, if you have an infection, you would want to leave off your Methotrexate and Imuran (azathioprine) and when the infection resolves, you can resume them. ...Read more

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What kind of cold medication can I take with Cymbalta (duloxetine)?

What kind of cold medication can I take with Cymbalta (duloxetine)?

Hard one: That is hard to answer. Many cold medications have dextromethorphan or decongestants both of which should be avoided with cymbalta. Here are some things that are safe: tylenol, (acetaminophen) guaifenesin, nasal saline, Honey for cough or sore throat and most throat lozenges
I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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If I've already taken my methotrexate for the week, is it ok to take a cold medication? If so, what is safe to use?

If I've already taken my methotrexate for the week, is it ok to take a cold medication? If so, what is safe to use?

Methotrexate: You may take cold medicine with methotrexate. One medicine not to use echinacea but most others are ok. ...Read more

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Hi. I was wondering whether taking cold medication eith antidepressants would result in bad interaction?

Hi. I was wondering whether taking cold medication eith antidepressants would result in bad interaction?

Caution: Many cold/cough OTC meds contain dextromethorphan, a cough suppressant, which can interact with antidepressants to cause serotonin syndrome. Best to ask pharmacist for advice to avoid dextromethorphan. See: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/serotonin-syndrome/basics/symptoms/con-20028946 I hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can I give a child allergy medication in between doses of cold medication?

Can I give a child allergy medication in between doses of cold medication?

Cold & allergy: You need to read the contents of the cold medicines. Soem already have allergy medicines inside of them as well. You shouls take your medicines you usully use for cold and the allergy medicine to your docotor and have him/her tell you how to use them if at all, in combination. ...Read more

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How long after alcohol consumption can I take cold medication?

How long after alcohol consumption can I take cold medication?

Depends: How much alcohol was consumed? If you still have an elevated blood alcohol level then it's not a good idea to take cold medication. ...Read more

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I am having back surgery in 6 days and I may be getting sick. Is it safe to take this cold medication, before surgery?

I am having back surgery in 6 days and I may be getting sick. Is it safe to take this cold medication, before surgery?

Yes but tell surgeon: Best not to be sick prior to any surgery especially spine surgery. Best if you have a cold to postpone surgery. Speak to your surgeon and the day of surgery the anesthesiologist may advise you to delay surgery till you are healthy. ...Read more

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When after taking cold medication can I drink alcohol?

Depends: Liquid cold medicines often contain alcohol anyway. Read all labels. Some cause drosiness, dizziness and blood pressure changes, which can be made worse with alcohol. Will depend on how much alcohol is consumed. Excessive alcohol consumption can be detrimental to health regardless of any associated conditions. ...Read more

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I have had a cold for over 7 days now coughing fever of 99.0 to 100.1 I have taken just about every cold medication with no ease of the headache.

I have had a cold for over 7 days now coughing fever of 99.0 to 100.1 I have taken just about every cold medication with no ease of the headache.

See Your Doctor: Viruses cause the 'common cold'. Head congestion, low-grade fever, headache, cough are typical symptoms which gradually resolve over 2 wks. Improvement is usually noted after 1 wk. The persistence of your symptoms suggests you may have a secondary bacterial infection such as sinusitis or pneumonia which requires antibiotic treatment. See your doctor now for prompt diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What Nighttime cold medication can be taken while on Zoloft (sertraline)? Preferably, one with out alcohol or an antihistamine.

What Nighttime cold medication can be taken while on Zoloft (sertraline)? Preferably, one with out alcohol or an antihistamine.

Talk to doc: If anxiety is causing insomnia, then yous should consult your doctor or psychiatrist to find out the cause. Sleeping pill alone would not be your answer, you need to tackle the cause. ...Read more

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I keep coughing despite taking "strong" doses of prescibed cough/cold medication. Is it a lung-related illness? I have had bronchiolitis in the past.

I keep coughing despite taking "strong" doses of prescibed cough/cold medication. Is it a lung-related illness? I have had bronchiolitis in the past.

See Your Doctor Now: There can several causes for persistent cough; most are directly related to lung disease/illness. However certain conditions of the upper respiratory tract can also generate cough. Duration of your cough is important to know. Cough/cold medication can ease cough but is not therapeutic & can lead to delay seeking medical care. Exam is needed. See your doctor now for prompt diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Why do cold medication labels instruct you to consult a doctor before use if you have a thyroid disorder?

Why do cold medication labels instruct you to consult a doctor before use if you have a thyroid disorder?

Decongestants: Decongestants can exacerbate high blood pressure, causing dangerous spikes. Some people have a type of thyroid disorder with too much thyroid hormone--hyperthyroidism--which can also cause high bp. Ann additive effect can be dangerous. ...Read more

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I am taking lamotrigine for seziures and Paxil (paroxetine) for depression is there any cold medication I should avoid taking? If any?

I am taking lamotrigine for seziures and Paxil (paroxetine) for depression is there any cold medication I should avoid taking? If any?

Dextramethorphan: There have been reports of some people developing serotonin syndrome w/ otc cough meds that contain dextramethorphan ; ssris like paxil (paroxetine). Some symptoms are rapid heart rate, nausea, diarrhea, flushing, fever, tremors, muscle rigidity or in severe cases confusion, seizures ; coma. U should read the labels on the bottles. Some brands of robitussin, dimetapp or theraflu contain dxm. ...Read more

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Can a person with asthma take medication for a cold? My daughter who is 3 has asthma, and right now she have a cold, her doctor prescribed her cold medicine (liquid)...Everyone is telling me not to give it to her because she have asthma that people with as

Can a person with asthma take medication for a cold? My daughter who is 3 has asthma, and right now she have a cold, her doctor prescribed her cold medicine (liquid)...Everyone is telling me not to give it to her because she have asthma that people with as

Knowledgeable friend: Most "cold" medications have been studied thoroughly over decades. They were often routinely prescribed to any kid at almost any age. However, we now feel that they have little to offer any kid under age 12, if then. There may be a specific reason this was offered, but sometimes these are given as a reflex, to reward you for coming in. I don't use them, asthma or not at that age. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take dayquil cold medication and adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)?

Is it okay to take dayquil cold medication and adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)?

Caution: Pseudoephedrine in Dayquil and amphetamine in Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) can increase blood pressure and heart rate. Talk to your doctor before taking Dayquil while you're on Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine). ...Read more

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I was perscribed a 6 day dose pack of Medrol for a cough and sinus pressure. Is this sufficient? Should I take additional cold medication like dayquil

I was perscribed a 6 day dose pack of Medrol for a cough and sinus pressure. Is this sufficient? Should I take additional cold medication like dayquil

Medrol and sinus: I was perscribed a 6 day dose pack of Medrol for a cough and sinus pressure. Is this sufficient? Should I take additional cold medication like dayquil ANS: strange thing to give for sinus. I would ask the medical professional who gave it to you. ...Read more

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Help please! Is anyone else out there worried about giving cold medicine to children?

Help please! Is anyone else out there worried about giving cold medicine to children?

Sure: Every single medicine has risks and benefits. If the risk does not outweigh the benefit, you should not use the medicine. As far as cold meds, they have a lot of side effects, especially in kids. The benefits are limited, as no medicine is going to cure a cold. It just might reduce symptom a bit. So using alternative treatments like warm fluids, humidity and saline rinse much better way to go. ...Read more

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My son is 2 years, 9 months and 35 pounds. Can I give childrens cold medicine containing guafenesin 100mg, dextrmethorphan HBr 5mg, phenylephrine 2.5?

My son is 2 years, 9 months and 35 pounds. Can I give childrens cold medicine containing guafenesin 100mg, dextrmethorphan HBr 5mg, phenylephrine 2.5?

Mgt: At this age I would not advise any over the counter medication. Instead, you son may benefit from nasal saline rinses. This will help to keep the nasal passages clear. ...Read more

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Could you take equate basal spray with children's cough/cold medicine?

Yes: It is safe. However, nasal sprays other than just saline sprays should be used for 3-5 days maximum, otherwise symptoms could get worse than the original symptoms. If the nasal spray is just a saline spray, then spray away! Neti pot may also be a better alternative than adding more medicine - works great to clear congestion. ...Read more

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Can I give my 6 year old children's flonase, a multi-symptom cold medicine, and Tylenol?

Can I give my 6 year old children's flonase, a multi-symptom cold medicine, and Tylenol?

Meds: Flonase is for treatment of allergic rhinitis not common cold. Some multi-symptom cold medications also contain acetaminophen (active ingredient in Tylenol). Check label of multi-symptom cold medication for acetaminophen so child you are not giving extra Tylenol. ...Read more

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Will it cause a false positive if you used cold medicine prior to a urine drug screening?

Will it cause a false positive if you used cold medicine prior to a urine drug screening?

Decongestants: Occasionally decongestants will show up as amphetamines. The rest should be okay. ...Read more

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The ua drug test when u take a ua what does the ua look for what materials does it detect if I were to take cough and cold medicine would I fail

The ua drug test when u take a ua what does the ua look for what materials does it detect if I were to take cough and cold medicine would I fail

Depends: There are different tests, and different agencies (the gov't, employers, cops, schools) sometimes use very different panels of tests. They usually test for marijuana, amphetamines, pcp, opiates, benzos, cocaine. Some test for many more, including the newer drugs ("bath salts", k2/spice). Some cough meds have dextromethorphan or Codeine and those can show + tests. Others don't and will be negative. ...Read more

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Can cold medicine cause a rapid heart rate in children?

Can cold medicine cause a rapid heart rate in children?

Possible: If the cold medication contains a decongestant, the decongestant can elevate the heart rate. ...Read more

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My 2 year old has a stuffy runny nose. Is it safe for her to take children's cold medicine with decongestant now that she is over two years?

My 2 year old has a stuffy runny nose. Is it safe for her to take children's cold medicine with decongestant now that she is over two years?

Safe or worthwhile?: Many studies over the past decade have shown no benefit of these preparations to kids under 12. They are actually discouraged for anyone under 6 because of the frequency of ER visits associated with overuse. They used to be prescription meds decades ago but in truth really just give you something to do. ...Read more

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What is the best cold medicine to take?

What is the best cold medicine to take?

Meds are often not: Needed. Cold Tips: For sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * For congestion – saline nose drops or a neti pot. *For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**For hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to Chamomile tea. ...Read more

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Can I use abuteral after taking cold medicine?

Can I use abuteral after taking cold medicine?

Asthma meds: During a cold your asthma may worsen. An asthma action plan should be written by your doctor. The forms are available on line. The albuterol is used to treat cough, wheezing, shortness of breath. A controller medication is used to prevent and control worsening your asthma.
Cold preparations do not treat asthma, and generally should be used sparingly. Nasal saline can relieve your congestion. ...Read more

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Could cold medicine makes any one else feel loopy?

Could cold medicine makes any one else feel loopy?

Yes.: Cough medicines may cause drowsiness, and may make you feel lightheaded, medications that contain Diphenhydramine are more commonly known for this. Other medications can be mild sedatives, that make you sleepy, can cause dry mouth... etc... ...Read more

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Is it okay to take expired cold medicine? (6 months)

No.: Expiration dates are established to drugs in order to "guarantee" the effectiveness of the same. Depending on the medicine, it can do nothing or it could work as an exception but there is no way that a doctor can okay the use of it. ...Read more

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What are some cold medicine alternatives for my baby?

What are some cold medicine alternatives for my baby?

Cool mist vaporizer: Cold medications should not be used in babies or children. They are not effective and babies and children are often overdosed on them. Use a cool mist vaporizer, saline nose drops and suctioning the nose with a suction bulb made for babies. ...Read more

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Can I give my 3 month OTC pedia care daytime multi-symptoms cold medicine? She weighs 18.lbs. Acta

Can I give my 3 month OTC pedia care daytime multi-symptoms cold medicine? She weighs 18.lbs. Acta

Usually in babies: We try to use nasal saline drops for nasal congestion. If coughing or sneezing see her pediatrician. However Tylenol (acetaminophen) would be safe to use ...Read more