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Can you name OTC cold medicine that are dangerous for infants? Is zyrtic and prospan one of them?

Can you name OTC cold medicine that are dangerous for infants? Is zyrtic and prospan one of them?

Do Not Use: At the moment, all are considered possibly dangerous for infants until further safety studies are performed. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me why it'ssuddenly dangerous to give an infant cold medicine, yet safe to pump them full of vaccines?

Can you please tell me why it'ssuddenly dangerous to give an infant cold medicine, yet safe to pump them full of vaccines?

Very different: Vaccines allow the immune system to build up a natural protection against certain infections to avoid getting sick in the first place. Benefits:great. Risks: small. Because of routine vaccinations, it is uncommon to hear of a child dying of childhood illnesses; a few generations back, it was all too common. Cold medicines only treat symptoms and can have side effects. Risks can outweigh benefits. ...Read more

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Is there a recommended cough and cold medicine for a 6 week old infant? Dosage? My son does not have a medical card yet and I have no money to pay for a prescription from a doctor

Is there a recommended cough and cold medicine for a 6 week old infant? Dosage? My son does not have a medical card yet and I have no money to pay for a prescription from a doctor

Don't use meds: Steam up your bathroom and sit in the steam. Use saline nose drops every 4-6 hours. If the cough gets worse with poor feeding take the baby to the emergency room. Do not smoke around the baby. ...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 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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Is it good to give antiallergy medication to my infant during common cold?

Is it good to give antiallergy medication to my infant during common cold?

No known benefit: Antihistamines have a drying effect on any mucous production and will thicken secretions. For many years they have been used to "dress up" kids & make them look less sickly (draining nose, etc.)they have no known benefit to the child during a cold & may thicken the mucous to the point it is harder to cough out. ...Read more

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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 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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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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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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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