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What cold medicines can you take with keppra?

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What cold medicines can you take with keppra?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Haroon Iqbal replied 2 years ago.
Hello and welcome to justanswer!


Can you elaborate your problem please ?

Why do you want to use cold medications?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
It is for my wife. She is an epileptic; takes Keppra; has a terrible cold; but is concerned about possible interactions between Keppra and cold medicine.
Expert:  Dr. Haroon Iqbal replied 2 years ago.
Thank you very much for your input.


Well most effective cold medication is NyQuil and it has one major effect while taken with Keppra , that its drowsiness effects is enhanced if used along with keppra.So Nyquil's benefits must be weighed against its side effects when used with Keppra.However it is somehow dose related and if Nyquil which is OTC , if taken in smaller quantity may not interact sufficiently with Keppra.Afrin is good medicine for cold and for congestion and has no interaction with Keppra.Similarly Mucinex has no interaction too.
Hope I have answered your question.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Nyquil is specifically listed as contraindicated:

http://www.drugs.com/drug-interactions/levetiracetam,keppra-xr-index.html?filter=2&
generic_only=

but, I don't see anything about Afrin or Mucinex.

Thanks.
Expert:  Dr. Haroon Iqbal replied 2 years ago.
Yes true , NyQuil has problem to be taken with Keppra .Its better not to take this drug.
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