Cold and flu remedies

SWMBO came down with an awful cold this week and has passed it onto me, a stroke survivor since 2016 following a subarachnoid haemorrhagic stroke. We recalled being told at the time essentially I’m not allowed to take any cold and flu remedy nor ibuprofen. I can’t find anything on the web so surviving on cocodamol (30:500) to get through wondered the what’s whys and options. My sleep apnea CPAP machine is helping a lot and BP remains fine

Scimitargtc -
Can you take Tylenol (acetomenaphen)? My doctors said that was ok for me. I can also take guaifenesen(an over-the-counter cough medicine, and Vicks vapor rub. I can’t take decongestants, but anti-histamines are ok. So, I take an anti=histamine pill at night (they can make you drowsy) as well as nasal spray 3 times a day(Azelastine, an antihistamine nasal spray without decongestants. (My doctor wrote a prescription for it. I also use a cool mist vaporizer or humidifier to keep the air most. Just some ideas. ::heart:Jeanne

I would give a pharmacist a call to see what you can take. I also think ibuprofen based products should be avoided.

Hope you feel better soon.


A number of the decongestant remedies can increase your BP so it can be a bit limiting if bp is an issue. I hadn’t realised until I looked into it just how many I can’t take.
Beconaise can help clear a blocked nose/Nasal passages and a saline spray can also help.
Albas oil is another to breath in.

I find vicks 1st Defence really effective for colds

I haven’t be advised against ibuprfene - do you know why in wasn’t recommended - my gp suggested ibu in pills then in gel for joint paain

@SimonInEdinburgh it depends on what medication you’ve been prescribed, taking ibuprofen when taking anticoagulants or anti platelet medication is usually not advised Info here as it can increase the chances of bleeding.

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Hmm I’m on clopi and had diclofenic sodium & amonium

@SimonInEdinburgh perhaps you should double check by speaking to your GP/pharmacist, your individual circumstances could be different, he/she should know your medical history. I was informed on discharge from hospital that I shouldn’t take ibuprofen, but everyone’s circumstances are their own :smile:

The info is also on the leaflet that is in the Clopidogrel pack (see below):

Other medicines and Clopidogrel
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
Some other medicines may influence the use of Clopidogrel or vice versa.
You should specifically tell your doctor if you take:

medicines that may increase your risk of bleeding such as:
- oral anticoagulants, medicines used to reduce blood clotting
- a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine, usually used to treat painful and/or inflammatory
conditions of muscle or joints

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