OMG, I'm SO stupid!!! WARNING!

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   Posted 11/15/2006 11:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I did something very stupid! Since that bad cold I had a few weeks ago, I've had a lingering cough. (Everytime I catch a cold, I end up coughing my head off for three or four months.) The last time this happened was back in March. My doctor had prescribed an Albuterol inhaler for me to use. Well, with the return of the cough from hell, I had pulled out the inhaler and since it was still in date, I've used it a couple of times.

So, last night I was on, checking out some of my DH's meds for him. I decided to check Albuterol and see how it works. As I was reading the side effects and other info, I came to the section on drug interactions.

Here's what I read:

Avoid taking ... tricyclic antidepressants (e.g., amitriptyline, nortriptyline) within 2 weeks before, during, and after treatment with this medication. In some cases a serious, possibly fatal drug interaction may occur.

I've been taking nortriptyline for nerve pain since July!!! I could have killed myself taking both of these together!!!  skull   nono

The moral of this story is - NEVER take old medications without checking with your doctor first!

Lisa ~
Living in Limboland!
Negative MRIs + Negative LP + Positive symptoms = A lot of confusion + A ton of frustration!

Post Edited (Shashi) : 11/15/2006 5:50:52 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 11/15/2006 12:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep, or go to Medscape FIRST! ;) I'd prob call the doc to let them know what's going on, but if u'r not experiencing any probs or known complications, u'r prob ok. Just 'don't do that again!' Good to see u again, Lisa!


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   Posted 11/15/2006 12:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Indeed. Worth repeating. NEVER take old medications without checking with your doctor, first. Particularly important if you've started a new medication in the interim!

I'm glad you're OK.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....

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   Posted 11/15/2006 6:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm with Rhonda. DON'T DO THAT ANYMORE!!!



Motown John
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   Posted 11/16/2006 7:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Thursday a.m.
nono   nono nono
Miss Lisa:
If this stupid behavior continues, you might have to be banned from Healing Well. least have to buy us all breakfast.....or a cocktail!!!!
Bad Girl!!!!
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