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Cold medicine

Posted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:24 pm
by dhanna318
Hello,

I have acquired a lovely winter cold. I am wondering what cold medicines you all have tried that do not trigger your RLS. I seem to always choose the wrong one and regret it later. Thank you so much!

Re: Cold medicine

Posted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:38 pm
by Polar Bear
To be honest I don't use any. A little honey for the throat and paracaetamol. A hot drink is tea. If I'm really stuffed up I'll use a nasal inhaler from the supermarket. That's it.

As an aside I read your first line as ...you'd got a lovely winter coat!! Gave me a laugh.
Hope your cold doesn't last too long.

Re: Cold medicine

Posted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:08 pm
by stjohnh
Most of the "nighttime" cold meds have diphenhydramine (Benadryl) in them. Avoid them like the plague.

Re: Cold medicine

Posted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:57 pm
by Yankiwi
I use a throat spray and nasal spray. I'm scared of any night time medicine. Benadryl is like speed for us RLS sufferers.
Also, not for colds, but don't ever take Tylenol PM which is supposed to help with sleep. The acrive ingredient is diphenhydramine which is benadryl. I learned the hard way during a trip to New York many years ago. My sisters were all taking Tylenol PM so I did. When one didn't work I took another. No sleep that night!

Re: Cold medicine

Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2020 2:08 am
by XenMan
If we are on general cold (coronaviruses or rhinoviruses) management of the accompanied bacterial infection from the phlegm and mucus, the Betadine iodine throat gargle is the best thing in the history of everything.

You can’t do much for the virus but let it run its course, but I take medication to help with some symptoms usually at night with Paracetamol, Phenylephrine Hydrochloride and Chlorpheniramine Maleate, with no problems. The brand is a local product.

Re: Cold medicine

Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2020 6:41 pm
by dhanna318
Thank you all for your replies! It is greatly appreciated! I am pretty certain I will not die but colds always feel like it :wink: Thank you again!

Re: Cold medicine

Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2020 6:46 pm
by Stainless
I agree, Benadryl is the biggest trigger I've known. First doctor I told I had RLS suggested I try Benadryl. Bad night and that was 25 years ago. NyQuil really sets me off.

Re: Cold medicine

Posted: Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:39 pm
by ViewsAskew
I remember taking a cold medicine when I was in junior high or high school. I was passed out on the couch with my body flailing. Such misery to have your brain sooooo sleepy and being constantly awakened. Ugh.

Re: Cold medicine

Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2020 8:24 pm
by Kansas
this is an answer to an old post. but be aware "diphenhydramine which is benadryl" are anithistamines and that is bad!!! most cold meds and sleep aids have antihistamine.

Re: Cold medicine

Posted: Wed Aug 12, 2020 8:47 pm
by srgraves01
Dr. B. told me some antihistamimes are OK. Benadryl is an anticholinergic drug. Claritin and allegra are two of the ones that are OK. They are not anticholinergic. They also have them in generic forms. I also take vitamin C, zinc , vitamin D, Vitamin K, and copper. These all help your immune system.

Steve

Re: Cold medicine

Posted: Fri Aug 14, 2020 4:42 pm
by QyX
Juse use classic OTC pain meds like Ibuprofen, Aspirin or Paracetamol.

Do not take those advertised cold meds who often include a number of different active ingredients.