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my husband is on warfin, he has a bad head cold and coughing,

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my husband is on warfin, he has a bad head cold and coughing, what kind of cough medicine can he take over the counter. thanks

911Doctor :

Are you mainly concerned about making sure the medicine does not interact with the warfarin?

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Is he on any other medicines?

Customer:

yes, blood pressure, amlodipine,pravastatin, sotalol, tamsulosin

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i'm sorry, my computer ran out of battery power

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so the danger here is not with interaction with coumadin. though many cough medicines contain tylenol, some contain motrin/ibuprofen or a similar medicine that can interact with coumadin to increase bleeding risk

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so, first of all

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make sure that IF the medicine you get contains a pain reliever that it is only tyleonol aka acetominophen

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besides that

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any effective degongestant... sudafed for instance

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is going to boost blood pressure

911Doctor :

this is likely not a problem but if he has brittle hypertension it's something to consider

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my last concern is this....

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does your husband have a fever?

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does he have chills?

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i do not see you responding

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my concern is that if he has fever, chills, or a productive cough, this could be pneumonia

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but if he is not having fever or chills and simply feels like he has a head cold

911Doctor :

then it would be reasonable to try something like Nyquil or the generic equivalent

911Doctor :

mucinex is a decongestant that is over the counter and would be fine

911Doctor :

and robitussin DM or equivalent would likewise be fine for him

Customer: Ok, thank you
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you are most welcome....

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