Top 20 Doctor insights on: Cold medicine 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
Here are some safe: Options. Medications 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
Avoid decongestants: Decongestant OTC cold remedies cause the most concern. Avoid products that contain pseudoephedrine, (ephedrine sulfate) ephedrine, (ephedrine sulfate) phenylephrine, naphazoline and oxymetazoline. Look for labels which indicate "safe for hypertension" patients. Simple acetominophen may help, as will a saline nasal spray. Gargle with warm salt water or drink warm water with lemon and honey. Stay hydrated. Increase home humidity. REST! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Otc: Any over the counter cold medicine will be okay ...Read more
Not too many:
Because of your atenolol and hypertension. Many otc cold preparations can have an effect on your blood pressure. Possibly the best choice may be a non-sedating antihistamine like Claritin (loratadine) but best your physician make the decision. Make sure he/she is aware of all you medications.
Good luck. ...Read more
I went to my doctor and he said I have a bad head cold I can not breathe when I'm lying down is there a good cold medicine I can take?
Decongestants: With your history of tachycardia you should avoid decongestants like sudafed and nose drops which can increase heart rate and blood pressure. Treat your nasal congestion with nasal irrigations using warm salt water and take antihistamines like claritin (plain) or benadryl (which can cause drowsiness). A corticosteroid nasal spray like Nasonex (mometasone) may help. Warm soups promote nasal drainage. ...Read more
I went to my doctor and he said I have a bad head cold I can not sleep when I'm lying down I can not breathe what are good cold medicine I can take?
What do you suggest if my mom has mitral valve prolapse. What kind of cold medicine can she take?
Any kind: MVP is not a reason not to take cold meds. ...Read more
Pregnancy and Sinus: Pregnancy generally worsens existing sinus symptoms. Your placenta makes massive amounts of hormones that cause blood vessels to dilate. Saline nose sprays can be used and rhinocort aq has been approved for use in pregnancy (all others work, but have not been tested). Go to your OB and ask "what can I take for my sinuses? ". ...Read more
Can I take cold medicine with the medicine I am on? I have no voice this may take awhile before I get it back right?
Yes...: Given your regimen, I am generally aware of your diagnosis--which I won't disclose for privacy concerns. Many over-the-counter cough and cold remedies have the side effect of increasing blood pressure. This would not generally be a concern in your case, unless blood pressure becomes >140/90. Whichever over-the-counter medication you choose, consult with your pharmacist for any interactions. ...Read more
Yes, but...: ...You never want to take more medication than you need. The other ingredients will likely not be harmful, but cough suppressants and antihistamines can make you tired and slow your reflexes, and the pain relievers can hurt your liver if you're also taking other pain relievers that will add to your total dose. Decongestants alone are also available from your pharmacist without a prescription. ...Read more
Usually Okay: Ambien (zolpidem) can be taken with most over the counter cold remedies. Caution should be exercised with products that cause drowsiness which may be worse with the use of a sleep aid. Also it is not advised to use Ambien (zolpidem) and alcohol based liquid meds such as nyquil for example. Always use caution when driving or activities that require full alertness when on these products. ...Read more