Cold/Flu meds, tis the season

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RanMan
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Date Joined Feb 2003
Total Posts : 665
   Posted 11/8/2005 10:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone.
I posted this last year but since we have so many new members and we are approaching Flu season once again, I thought it should be posted again.
 
I've been told by my neurologist and also my family Doctor that, If I should happen to catch a cold or the flu , Since I'm on medication for my EP, I should not take any over the counter medications, especially the ones that contain DECONGESTANT and/or ANTIHISTIMINE as they can cause internal bleeding or even massive nose bleeds.
When they mix with the other meds that I'm on, (dilantin and pheonobarb) they can also trigger a seizure. nono
 
The only safe medication that I could take if abolutely necessary is Tylonol.
 
I found out the hard way. One day with out thinking, I took an extra strength Advil for a headache. A few minutes later, my nose started to bleed massively and uncontrollably.
A few days later I had a Neourologist appt. for a different matter and I happened to mention the nose bleed incident and the Dr. said that under no circumstances am I to take that and was very suprised that I didn't bleed out through my stomach (I also have Ulcerative Colitis) as it causes a reaction with my other meds and it causes thinning of the stomach walls and arteries. 
 
Randy 
 

Diagnosed with epilepsy and ulcerative colitis in 1979,
Been on meds ever since.
 
275mg-dilantin/day
120mg-pheonobarb/day
3,000mg-Mesasol/day
20mg-Celexa/day


sonjarenee
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Date Joined Oct 2005
Total Posts : 15
   Posted 11/9/2005 7:24 AM (GMT -7)   
THANX RANDY
 
I KNEW THAT MY SON COULD'NT TAKE ANYTHING IF HE WAS SICK BUT I DID'NT KNOW IT WAS THAT SERIOUS THANX FOR THE INFO cool

Daisy9980
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Date Joined Sep 2004
Total Posts : 775
   Posted 11/9/2005 8:53 PM (GMT -7)   
HI. Right now I have pneumonia, sinus infection and double ear infection. I am taking Levaquin and tylenol sinus for the sinus issues. I tolerate it and the neuro did not discourage me against taking it. I think everyones threshold my be different. Then again tylenol sinus isn't much of a decongestant anyhow. LEvaquin is contraindicated for people with seizure disorders, and my neuro and GP both told me it was okay. Reluctantly I take it. With no problems. Take care, Tracy
 25 years old
Nursing Student

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