otc meds for cold, allergies, etc.

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kjea74
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   Posted 8/20/2008 11:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all-
 
haven't been on for a little bit.. getting kids ready for  back to school :)
 
Has anyone tried otc medicine for sinus/ allergies?  does it cause any flares?
scared to take anything .. since know can't take any anti-infamatory...
thought i'd check 1st!
 
 
take care!
 

jujub
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   Posted 8/20/2008 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
OTC sinus/allergy meds should be fine as long as they don't contain any NSAID's - aspriin, ibuprofen, naproxen. I've taken Zyrtec daily and Benadryl or Chlortrimetron on occasion with no problems.
 
 
 
 
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Judy - Southern US 
 
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Post Edited (Judilyn) : 8/20/2008 2:23:48 PM (GMT-6)


NMcP
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   Posted 8/20/2008 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I haven't had any problems with Chlortrimeton or benedryl (or the knockoffs). The only downside is they make me really sleepy!

If there is a pain reliever included, I try to make sure that it's something like tylenol. I steer clear of everything else.
Age: 48
location: Seattle, Wa
currently in small flare, tail end of colon
Diagnosed with UC in June 2006
Medications: Asacol 3 pills 3 x/day, Cortifoam at bedtime, Canansa in the morning
No. of colonoscopies: 1
Originally diagnosed with moderate UC, pancolitis


kjea74
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   Posted 8/20/2008 2:36 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks so much for the replies... everyones allergies are acting up out here... I tried a claritan.. hope gets rid of this! I should get some Zyrtec... everyone says that it's so much better than claritan!

have a great one!

NMcP
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   Posted 8/20/2008 2:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I take zyrtec from time to time as well. I had a heavy duty allergy test and it turns out I have no allergies. However I do have "sensitivities". Go figure.
Age: 48
location: Seattle, Wa
currently in small flare, tail end of colon
Diagnosed with UC in June 2006
Medications: Asacol 3 pills 3 x/day, Cortifoam at bedtime, Canansa in the morning
No. of colonoscopies: 1
Originally diagnosed with moderate UC, pancolitis


jujub
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   Posted 8/20/2008 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
NMcP, the research nurses in my GI's office tell me that's pretty common in people with IBD. I have what my allergist referred to as "non-IGE mediated responses," which basically means it looks like an allergy, it feels like an allergy, but it doesn't react to allergy tests and isn't responsive to desensitization treatments.

The mold is so high here that I had to see my primary today about my returned chronic horrible cough. Now I'm on Singulair along with the Zyrtec, plus a good cough syrup. Maybe I'll be able to breathe tomorrow; I was working my way right back into wheezing and asthma.
Judy - Southern US 
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
 
Co-Moderator UC Forum
Please remember to consult your health care provider when making health-related decisions.


NMcP
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   Posted 8/20/2008 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Judy,

WOW! That is amazing information!! Thank you!!

We have really crappy recirculated air at work (It's a brand new supposedly green LEED building). It has been giving me headaches and causing major congestion. When I went to the allergy specialist last year, I thought maybe I was allergic to dust. They ran the gamut of tests. Nothing, nada, zilch. He said that I may be "sensitive" to some things. He gave me a prescription for some nose spray which just irritated my nasal passages.

I'm thinking it's time to visit another allergy specialist with some "non-IGE mediated responses" information in hand and see what they have to say!

I don't have a prescription for Zyrtec. I use the OTC stuff. But it would be nice to have a more structured methodoly of treatment for when this crap strikes. Having UC is bad enough. Having the allergy-like stuff on top of it sucks sometimes.
Age: 48
location: Seattle, Wa
currently in small flare, tail end of colon
Diagnosed with UC in June 2006
Medications: Asacol 3 pills 3 x/day, Cortifoam at bedtime, Canansa in the morning
No. of colonoscopies: 1
Originally diagnosed with moderate UC, pancolitis


jujub
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   Posted 8/20/2008 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
NMcP, I tend to think I have a condition called "autoimmune disorder." So far it's targeted my skin, colon, thyroid, joints and respiratory system. I'm just waiting to see where it wants to go yet. My primary almost fell off her stool laughing when I told her I consider my life a never-ending health adventure.

Like you, I put some of the blame on my workplace. I work in a 100 year-old stucco building in an area that's known for mold growth. They keep testing the building and find no toxic molds, at least, but my "non-allergies" really react to the mold that's there.
Judy - Southern US 
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
 
Co-Moderator UC Forum
Please remember to consult your health care provider when making health-related decisions.


ediekristen
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   Posted 8/20/2008 5:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Judilyn said...
 
Oops, wrong drug (imagine blushing, embarrassed emoticon here)

Judy, no need to imagine, we have one now!! blush
 
Hehe
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