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Cold Medicines? What can I take?
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Cold Medicines? What can I take?

Well, between my thyroid meds and my high blood pressure meds it seems I may just have to suffer through this cold. Dang! I feel miserably miserable and this just sucks. :O(  A while back a pharmasist told me I could take Claritin but that is a 24 hr allergy type med isn't it? I went ahead and took one but have seen little relief. Have a nasty head cold, stuffy nose, sinus pressure, sore throat (which is NOT good at this point) and a bit of a cough. Just feeling lousy. Had  a fever early this a.m. but took motrin and it stopped. Felt a bit better this afternoon but crashing again now this evening. *sigh* Anyone have the magic pill we can take for colds with thyroid meds too? Thanks!   Darla
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Hyperthyroids are the ones who can't take cold medicins when it states or  instructed on bottle/container.  Hypos are ok taking the medicine.  Unless its your blood pressure medicine that is the concern. Your hypothyroid status due to surgery is not.
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  My husband has high BP too and has to be careful what he takes as well, basically anything with a decongestant is a no-no, however, I found an over the counter product made for people with hbp it's called  "  Coricidin HBP  cough & cold"  and also " Coricidin HBP  chest congestion & cough ".

  Hubby said the cough & cold did not relieve his symptoms ( of course that's the one i got ! LOL) but he likes the congestion & cough  one so that what he takes.

   You could also try mucinex  ( just the plain one not D)

   Hope you feel better soon.
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I can't take pseudoephedrine. My doc says that because of the hypothyroid I'll be sensetive to any medecine that raises your heart rate. I take saline sinus washes and ibuprofin. Believe it or not, as gross as it is, the saline washes are a miracle!! Maybe even nosespray since that's local.
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On the hyper side I find anything that interacts with the central nervous system in the way of a stimulant such as caffeine or sudafed and asthma scripted albuterol inhaler, makes me very jittery .. so I cut the otc dosing in 1/2 to 1/4 and it helps but no side effects ..... my endo told me I wasn't imagining this and my reg. dr. is the one who alerted me to the otc cold remedies in the first place while taking Synthroid!~

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Hey - I'm hypo but because I cycle hyper/hypo I don't take cold medicine as I get racing heart so I use the neti pot w/ saline wash - good for allergies, colds and even helps w/ migraines - even kids can do this (if you can convince them that is) it's safe and feels great - also good old vicks on the chest at night - good luck
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If it's the same bug that's going around our area, it's a nasty one that hangs on forever.  I'm so sorry you feel bad!  I'm coming up on 4 weeks with it now.  The first two were rough, and now I just have a lingering dry cough.  I felt so awful at first that I ended up taking NyQuil to help me sleep at night.  I didn't have any bad reactions, but I'm sure there are some that do.  She also prescribed the albuterol inhaler and I had no problems with that either.

There are a lot of good suggestions here, and hopefully I can remember them all next time it hits.  I hope you're feeling better real soon!!

Lori
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