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rabies PEP vaccin question

Hello Dear Doctor:

I do not have any opportunity to ask any such professional, I thought perhaps I could ask, please.
About 10 days ago I finished receiving rabies Postexposure Prophilaxis vaccine (PEP – boosters due to being immunized  before as being dog trainer) by IMOVAX for some possible post exposure situation. Very occasionally, like once every 7 or 8 days, and only once during such particular day, I use over the counter eye drops which is: "Rhoto" Eye drops for eye irritation in small quantities as per direction and which eye drops contain the following ingredients: - Hypromellose 0.2%, Tetrahydrozoline HCI 0.05% and Zinc Sulfate 0.25%.

Additionally, very seldom (once a week or less) I use very small quantities of over the counter Hydrocortisone 1% topical solution "Cortizone 10" on my skin at one or two spots at the time and in a very small amounts on the skin area as big as 1 cent coin size of the area.

I know that there are some drug interactions with different drugs regarding the above rabies vaccine that could interfere with it, however I do not know if the above and described here over the counter medications used very ocassionally could also interfere as well, and I am concerned?  My question is if such very occasional applications of the above over the counter medications could possibly interfere somehow with my present PEP rabies vaccines that I recently received? Otherwise, I do not take any other medications at all.  Please let me know. I hope I am O.K.!
I trust this will receive your consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible.

Respectfully yours,
Andy
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Hello Andy,

In general, infrequent use of over the counter medications that you mention in your posting should not interact in any significant way with the rabies PEP.

Please follow-up with any additional questions that you may have.

~•~ Dr. Parks

This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical or legal advice. The information presented in this posting is for patients’ education only. As always, I encourage you to see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.
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Dear Doctor:
I forgot to mention in my post above that I also take the following:
1.) Once every 10 days only I consume just 3 apricat seeds (kernels) and no more for general health benefits. They contain B17 (amygdalin/ laetrile) in small amounts.

2.) Plus I use over-the-counter topical solution: "Medicated Chest Rub" or "Sport Tiger Balm" for muscle pains containing - Menthol 2.6% - 11% which is topical analgesic/ cough suppressant, Camphor 4.8% -11%, Eucalyptus Oil 1.2% - use it once a week or so.

That concludes my list of medicines or similar products relating to it.
I asked all these since at: "Drugs.com" and other sites they mention some drug interaction with rabies vaccines like Cortisone or so (but probably taken regularly and in large prescription doses) and I just use out-of - the counter creme 1% Hydrocorisone (Cortizone 10) topical solution on my skin very occasionaly and only once a week or less among other medicines as mentioned in my post above?

Please include these when considering your answer if you would be so kind please.
Thank you kindly for sharing you medical expertise.

Kind regards,
Andy.
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Hello Doctor:
I am very sorry. There is no easy way to edit here. I forgot to mention that I also take just ½ of tablet, prescription (Alprazolam 0.5 mg) - about once a month when I am a little nervous. Since I take it so seldom I completly just forgot about it.

- Andy.
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