Hi Rose...so sorry about your reaction. I know how scary it is because I have so many allergies to drugs, especially pain killers. My Lexapro bottle gives the usual warnings...along with the 'do not eat grapefruit while on this medication.' It did not say they you should not take ANY NSAID's as it may cause stomach and intestinal bleeding. Advil is the only drug I can take for fibro pain and I take it every four hours. So you can only imagine the surprise when I looked in the toilet one day.....not to be disgusting but I panicked. Then I called the pharmacist and he told me about the interaction. I have learned that I have to do my own research on any drug I am prescribed because I don't think doctors are aware. When my rhuemy asked me if I was on any other presrecription drugs I sais 'no' because that was the truth. It never even occurred to me to mention the Advil.
They gave my mother Zoloft when she was in the hospital dying to 'calm her down' and she spent her remaining four days flailing around the bed...couldn't even hold a cup to take her other pills. I kept telling the doc it was the 'Zoloft' as the same flailing happened when my brother took this drug. He looked at me as though I was nuts and told me it was from her 'muscles dying.' No...it was the Zoloft because it happened after her first pill.
Everyone should do their own research before taking any drug. The most seemingly benign OTC pain killer can literally be that...a killer.
I hope you are feeling better by now, and so sorry for what you went through. So many times, Less is more!
I always talk to my doctor AND pharmacist to be sure. I also let my doctor know everything I'm taking, including over the counter things and any herbs and supplements. Make sure your doctor knows you are taking St. John's Wort. That can cause a lot of problems, too, if mixed with other medications.