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Childrens 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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?
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
That isn't likely.: But illness may.Get a more detailed answer ›
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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I am having back surgery in 6 days and i may be getting sick. Is it safe to take this cold medication, before surgery?
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
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
How long do I have to wait to breastfeed my baby, if i'm drinking cold medication? My baby is 5 month old, and I have a really bad cold. I want to drink cold medication, and giving him formula, but don't know how long do I have to wait before, breastfeed
What Nighttime cold medication can be taken while on Zoloft (sertraline)? Preferably, one with out alcohol or an antihistamine.
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
Why do cold medication labels instruct you to consult a doctor before use if you have a thyroid disorder?
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it okay to take dayquil cold medication and adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)?
I have hoshimotos and celiac. what sinus/cold medication can I take to help that's Gluten Free and won't interact with my thyroid?
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
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
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
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
Decongestants: Occasionally decongestants will show up as amphetamines. The rest should be okay. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I tested positive for amphetamine on my saliva test at work. I haven't done any illegal drugs but I have been taking cold medicine for the last week a?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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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