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Which cold medicine can my father on blood pressure medicines with glaucoma take?

Which cold medicine can my father on blood pressure medicines with glaucoma take?

Angle closure risk: Angle closure glaucoma is rare but not everyone who has the potential for this condition has been treated, or even knows that they have it. Ask your father if he has open angle glaucoma, and then the most common cold medicines are safe to use. Generally avoid one with decongestants if you are on certain types of blood pressure meds, your family doctor can advise you if this is an issue. ...Read more

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What cold medications are safe to take while on cardizem?

What cold medications are safe to take while on cardizem?

Decongestants: Be careful of taking decongestants - either nasally or orally- if taking meds to lower your blood pressure. These decongestants can cause your blood pressure to go up or increase. Drinking lots of fluids, hot steam inhalation and using saline nasal sprays are all appropriate. ...Read more

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What if I have narrow angle glaucoma-- what allergy medications are safe?

Laser: Have you had laser peripheral iridotomy and/or goniotomy to prevent closure? The medications that can exacerbate angle closure are anything that dilates the eye, Antihistamines and decongestants; Asthma medicines; Motion sickness medicines, and some medicines used to treat depression (tricyclic antidepressants) ...Read more

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Is there a safe sinus relief medication for a person with narrow angle glaucoma ? I have had bilateral iridotomy

Is there a safe sinus relief medication for a person with narrow angle glaucoma ? I have had bilateral iridotomy

It depends: Sometimes, despite iridotomies, the angle may remain narrow and any drugs that cause pupil dilation, either systemic or nasal spray, can increase angle closure and cause elevated pressure. I will sometimes recommend a mild nasal steroid if there is no evidence of infection. You need to consult with your eye surgeon as to the severity of your narrow angles and weigh risks/benefits of treatment. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use regular eye drops for dry eyes with glaucoma medication drops?

Is it safe to use regular eye drops for dry eyes with glaucoma medication drops?

Usually: As long as you are waiting at least 5-10 minutes after your glaucoma drops. Otherwise you may be rinsing out medication. Make sure you don't use "red out" drops as these might affect your glaucoma. ...Read more

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Safe cold medicine for rye 2 diabtetis.

Safe cold medicine for rye 2 diabtetis.

Some: Depending on you other diabetic related issues, cold preparations with decongestants like pesudoephedrine or phenylephrine can cause vasoconsitrction whcih in turn may affect your blood pressure and circulation. Best to talk it over with your physician before taking any steps yourself. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can OTC cold medications help with the symptoms of sinusitis?

Can OTC cold medications help with the symptoms of sinusitis?

NO: A true sinus infection requires antibiotics. Decongestants may help, but an infection needs treatment with an antibacterial agent. ...Read more

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Can i take 2 different cold medications?

Can i take 2 different cold medications?

Cold Medicines: It depends what they are. Never take two antihistamines at the same time or two decongestants at the same time. I recommend that you ask your pharmacist. ...Read more

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What kind of cold medicine is safe to take while pregnant?! I am currently about 6 weeks right now.

What kind of cold medicine is safe to take while pregnant?! I am currently about 6 weeks right now.

None, pg or not.: OTC cough and cold medications have no good data to support their efficacy and have been shown, time and time again, to cause side effects that aggravate or worsen the cold. Menthol cough drops or a Vicks nasal inhaler to help you blow your nose, Chloraseptic or Cepastat for pain or tickle from post nasal drip, fluids, steam: not harmful supportive measures. See http://tinyurl.com/osmaxzo ...Read more