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Doctor insights on: Over The Counter Cold Medicine That Can Increase Tsh Levels

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (Definition)

A TSH test measures the amount of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in your blood. TSH is produced by the pituitary gland and tells the thyroid gland to make and release the hormones thyroxine ...Read more


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Can Pepcid (famotidine) be taken with cold medicine?Taken over-the-counter cold meds, liquid and pills, but have really bad heartburn.

Can Pepcid (famotidine) be taken with cold medicine?Taken over-the-counter cold meds, liquid and pills, but have really bad heartburn.

It's OK: Pepcid is a type of histamine blocker that is not found in any cold products. You need to be careful with cold meds because they have multiple ingredients. I advise my patients to take only OTC meds that have 1 ingredient! If you need pain relief - take ibuprofen. If you need cough suppressant - take robitussin (guaifenesin). If you need decongestant - take sudafed. Even I get confused in that aisle!!! ...Read more

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Which over-the-counter cold medicines can be taken with keppra (levetiracetam)?

Which over-the-counter cold medicines can be taken with keppra (levetiracetam)?

Virtually any: See, Keppra (levetiracetam) has few if any drug interactions, and that allows virtually any remedy to be used in combination. But recognize that Keppra (levetiracetam) can cause drowsiness, and some OTC remedies also cause this, prohibiting safe driving perhaps. ...Read more

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Please answer! what over-the-counter cold medicines can be taken with keppra (levetiracetam)?

Most can be used: Keppra (levetiracetam) has almost no drug-drug interactions, but the side effects of drowsiness and dizziness could be made worse by anti-histamines or other sedating OTC remedies. ...Read more

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What are causes of high tsh levels? will depression medicines cause this increase levels?

What are causes of high tsh levels? will depression medicines cause this increase levels?

Low thyroid function: If you have a high TSH, it may be that you have hypothyroidism, which is very common & responds well to very cheap medication to correct. Low thyroid function can cause depression! So if you have thyroid hormone deficiency get treated, your depression will improve faster, even if on depression meds & the meds may not work if your thyroid hormone level is very low. See doc and get further tests. ...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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Trying to get pregnant my last period started on 11 sep is it bad to take over-the-counter cold medications ?? Will that affect the baby this early

Trying to get pregnant my last period started on 11 sep is it bad to take over-the-counter cold medications ?? Will that affect the baby this early

Only if you must: Obviously, the preference is to get pregnant without potentially fetus altering medications. Once you know you are pregnant for sure, use medications judiciously and check with your treating OB MD first. ...Read more

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I'm 3 and a half months pregnant, can I take over-the-counter allergy or cold medication?

I'm 3 and a half months pregnant, can I take over-the-counter allergy or cold medication?

Yes, some: Both Claritin and zyrtec are rated category b for pregnancy. These antihistamines can be effective and lack the drowsy side effects of medication like benadryl (diphenhydramine). It would still be a good idea to check with an ob/gyn. ...Read more

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My TSH level is 5.26 mclu/ml. Is this is normal level? Or shall i go for medicine ?

My TSH  level is 5.26 mclu/ml. Is this is normal level? Or  shall i go for medicine ?

Tsh: Tsh level above the normal range could indicate slightly lowered thyroid function. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms and meds. ...Read more

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My TSH level is 50.6 can u suggest me the medicine of how much power i need to take?

My TSH level is 50.6
can u suggest me the medicine of how much power i need to take?

TSH 50.0 !: Hello ~ you have HYPOTHYROIDISM. Treat with L-THYROXINE. and start with low dose and work up till you are euthyroid. So take L-thyroxine (Levothyroxine) and take 0.025mg 2 - 3 x a day for 6 -8 weeks and then recheck TSH and alter dose up or down accordingly. thanks ...Read more

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If my TSH is high (16.264), should I increase or decrease m medicine dose?

Increase your dose: If your TSH is high your thyroid level is too low so you need more thyroid (feedback loop. ...Read more

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My TSH has increased from 4.54 to 8.16. Which medicine should I use to control it ?

My TSH has increased from 4.54 to 8.16. Which medicine should I use to control it ?

Levothyroxine: Assuming the reason for your elevation in TSH is an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), taking the appropriate dose of levothyroxine should bring it back down. Occasionally TSH can be elevated by other medications or conditions. ...Read more

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Does higher TSH result in increased cholesterol level?

Does higher TSH result in increased cholesterol level?

May be: Deficiency of thyroid hormone, reflected in high tsh, may be associated with increased lipids and cholesterol. ...Read more

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Im Radhika 24 yrs old my TSH level is 13.52 im not interested to take medicine how to decrease my TSH level naturally plzz give a better suggestion?

Im Radhika 24 yrs old my TSH level is 13.52 im not interested to take medicine how to decrease my TSH level naturally plzz give a better suggestion?

TSH 13.52: You may not be interested in taking medicine to correct your TSH but that is a must! The clinical effects of a high TSH will be very troubling to you. Treatment of high TSH is one pill a day and straightforward. It is not expensive. ...Read more

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Sudden increase in TSH levels from 2.5 six months ago to 7.8 now. No meds or family history. No prior levels above 2.5 ever. Feel ok and ttc. Cause?

If your tsh: Is that elevated upon repeat morning testing, then you have early hypothyroidism, and need brand name T4 replacement until your levels are normalized. Check w/your doctor. ...Read more