Over the Counter Medications

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Ellie 1
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   Posted 11/5/2007 6:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay, I realize this is a question for my doc, but I'm sick as a dog NOW with some mutant virus that my daughter gave me.  I REALLY want to nuke it with Nyquil, but the alcohol content concerns me.  Has anyone else taken otc cold and flu meds with their psych meds? 
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   Posted 11/5/2007 8:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Ellie 1, two things I can share...

1. My H & S pdoc has ALWAYS said to NOT take ANY antihistamine medication with the psych meds as it will throw them off and have interactions

2. WHENEVER we have wondered what was safe to do, or could have potential issues, we have consulted with our pharmacist who has been able to look up what is safe to take that will not cause those interaction issues with whatever medication my H & S take.

Sorry to hear you are feeling so punk. Hang in there...the BEST thing I know of honestly - and I can GUARANTEE will not have interactions is HOT FRESH CHICKEN SOUP. Not the canned kind, but A LOT of the REAL stuff. Mine is VERY medicinal and throughout this season I get requests for it because people know it REALLY works...plus, it is also DELICIOUS! If you want the recipe, let me know, I am happy to send it to you privately. Within 24 hours you will turn a corner and be well on your way to recovery. It happens every time. I usually make a HUGE vat of it and freeze much of it in individual containers and then I have it for everyone, including myself, when anyone gets sick vs. feeling presured or crummy and having to make it. But, believe me, MANY times I run out by the time I need it from passing it around to everyone as needed, and then I don’t have any for me! This year I am starting to make it early and am working to be VERY prepared so I am not caught off guard…but, I probably will be anyway. More and more people ask me for it! Oye!

Feel better hun, and let me know if you want that. Hope the above information helps. LFW

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olivia of course
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   Posted 11/5/2007 9:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I have taken Nyquil with psych meds before, and I don't recommend it.  For me it intensified the effect, and I was knocked out longer.  And couldn't stand up due to the fact I was severely dizzy.  The worst was Sudafed PE.  I hope you feel better soon.

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   Posted 11/6/2007 7:41 AM (GMT -7)   

I am so glad this post/question has come up, because I have been wondering the same thing about OTC meds.  Although I'm not sick right now, I usually get pretty sick during the winter, but I am scared to death to take anything OTC because I just don't know how well it will work out.  But when/if it happens that I get sick I will definitely consult the pharmacist about it.  I'm on so many meds now (Psych as well as for other medical conditions), I just wouldn't know what to do.

Thanks for bringing up this question Ellie.

Take care and I hope you feel better soon.


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   Posted 11/6/2007 8:19 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Ellie,

Sorry to hear you're not feeling well. I agree with LFW and Wen. Checking in with your pharmacist is so easy and that is what they are there for. I know all my psych med pamphlets say consult your doctor or pharmacist when taking otc meds.

I just take the basic tylenol, wash my hands a lot, and things I use a lot like my phone, cell phone, remote control, pillow cases, glasses and dishes. (I use the same ones over and over again after thoroughly cleaning them) get plenty of rest and definately ask LFW for that chicken soup recipe! Oh and don't forget to just step outside once in a while, bundled up to get some fresh air.  That is what works for me. Oh and lots of tea!  tongue

LFW, if you are reading this could you please send me a copy of your recipe? I would love to try it.

Hope you are soon feeling better Ellie!

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Ellie 1
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   Posted 11/6/2007 11:17 AM (GMT -7)   
LFW, I would love the recipe for your chicken soup.  I have my own but it always ends up weak and bland.

Good judgement comes from experience and alot of that comes from bad judgement.
You just have to accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue. 

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   Posted 11/6/2007 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   
If in doubt, ALWAYS ask the pharmacist. They'll be happy to come out and talk to you about your medication. And they can advise you on what to take for feeling ill that won't affect your medication.
It's very difficult for us, a lot messes around with anti psych drugs :-(

Hope you feel better soon!
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