What Do You Take for Colds?
Hope all is well. Reaching out because I'm curious what other members take for medications when it comes to being congested or having a cold? I've noticed ever since getting my mechanical valve and PM there seems to be a list of meds I can't take (because they interact with my existing meds I would assume?).
I figured someone on here must have the secrets to battling a cold!
Right now I'm on Warfarin, Metoprolol and Amlodipine Besylate.
My doctors said I can take Tylenol for pain reliever and melotonin for sleep, but to avoid anything with Advil or Sudaphedrine in it (no Sudaphed, NyQuil, Mucinx etc). I was even told to avoid Afrin nasal spray and instead try Flonase?
It seems like just about every OTC med has a warning about "don't take if you have heart issues" -- which confuses me. Is it just a weighing of the pros and cons or are there meds out there that are safe and shouldn't mess with the heart?
PS -- yes, I'm battling COVID. Just as I was starting to get my appts lined up for my vestibular therapy, I have to pause as I started feeling fever-ish. Oddly enough, the day I was supposed to get my booster shot was the day I tested positive. Luckily I've managed to keep the fever at bay, but I'm battling some intense congestion and can barely breathe or sleep. I tried Afrin because I thought, "it's a nose spray why would that matter" and then while reaching out to my doctor she basically said STOP THAT NOW (it worked great the one time I took it, but it also gave me insomnia). I'm typing this at 1am because I can't seem to sleep and am very tired and sick of feeling sick. Hopefully the worst is over and I can get back to "normal" soon.
Take care and Happy New Years!