cold medication? : Imarun & remicade

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   Posted 10/11/2009 9:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been suffering from a sinus cold for a few days now and its getting worse.

What kind of over the counter cold medications can I take for my sniffles?

I am on remicade & Imarun and I am sure my IBD nurse said that I should stay away from Advil. But I don't know why?
Anyone else herd of this?
All I have in the house at the moment is Advil Cold & Sinus.

Thanks in advance!
aaacheww! sniffle sniffle.
Oh and yes, I plan on getting the flu shot very soon.
praying for a good night's sleep and a happy bottom!! :o]
1998: Colitis - removal of colon, temp. ostomy 10 mths.
2000-07: disease free & doing well with j pouch.
2007-09: rectal pain & discomfort, loss of bowl control. diagnosed with Crohns March '09 currently on: Emtec, Azathioprine [Imarun] & Remicade. Med History: steroids, predizone, cipro, loperamide [imodium], gravol, previcid, cholestramine, xylocaine jelly, zinc oxide creme, etc.

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   Posted 10/11/2009 9:32 PM (GMT -7)   
NSAIDs, including ibuprofen, are no-nos for IBD. But when I get migraine the only thing that touches them is some OTC migraine medication that contains ibuprofen or aspiring (don't remember which), and one does doesn't seem to do too much to my Crohn's.

You'd be better off taking Benadryl or another medication without any NSAID component.
Diagnosed with CD July 2007
Currently on Remicade, Imuran, probiotics, folic acid, multivitamin.

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Post Edited (pimfram) : 10/12/2009 10:02:25 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/11/2009 9:57 PM (GMT -7)   
The ibuprofun is an NSAID and it prevents the formation of the (COX) enzyme(s) see
blocking these enzymes causes your bowel to be susectable because there is less prostaglandins. Messing around with these enzyme areas is a bit much just to get rid of sniffles.
If you decide to take the aspirin (NSAID) anyways, perhaps take 1 of alka selter original antacid with pain relief (effervescent tablets) and stay away from the advil. Just my opinion as it also contains some sodium bicarb.

On another note I also tried an anithistamine lately and was not happy with being tired and overall feeling.

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   Posted 10/12/2009 9:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I taje a sinus medication sudafed max - its called. It doesnt seem to bother me. I have never had so many sinus headaches though since I started on infliximab (remicade). I think there must be a link. I also get a lot of nose bleeds
Diagnosed 2005.  41 year old female living in UK
Current medication  -  infliximab infusions, ranitidine, ferrous sulphate, Vitamin B12 injections.

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   Posted 10/12/2009 5:05 PM (GMT -7)   
My gi suggested that I take a zyrtec every night. It has worked wonders. I used to get sinus infections and horrible sinus headaches, but this has helped tremendously!

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   Posted 10/13/2009 7:38 AM (GMT -7)   
My understanding is that both NSAIDs and Asprin are to be avoided for CD/UC people, you might want to try other combinations. Or Zyrtec has someone has suggested.

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   Posted 10/18/2009 6:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Ask your pharmacist--they know the most about over the counter products!

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   Posted 10/18/2009 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I know that NSAIDs such as ibuprofen can affect the potency of the immunosuppressment methotrexate (similar to imuran) so that might be another reason aside from what it can do to the bowel. I've had two deaths in my family from perforated ulcers due to NSAID use, its really not a warning IBDer's should take lightly!


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   Posted 10/18/2009 8:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Pharmacist told me the flu shot takes about 2 weeks to work, don't delay. I got mine a few days ago, medicare pays for it with zero copay.

Don't forget your ID, or Driver's license, you will need that to buy cold medicine. eyes
Humira 2 times a month.
Prednisone 2.5mg every other day(10/3/09)
Lialda 2 X day
Imuran 150mg day
Phenergen PRN
Remeron 30mg day
Pain Meds

Julia Hill
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   Posted 10/18/2009 10:50 AM (GMT -7)   

I take tylenol cold, works for me.



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