Mz Tara

Q:

What over the counter meds can I take for headaches and the common cold? I always find myself at a loss when I have a either. I have type 2 diabetes and hypertension. I'm currently taking: metformin, coozar (losartan) and clonidine.

Patty Bonsignore

A:

Most over the counter cold and headache medications are okay to use by those with diabetes. However, with hypertension, cold preparations containing decongestants can cause blood pressure to increase and should be avoided. Decongestants are found in many “daytime”or “nondrowsy” cold formulas . The best way to know if a cold preparation has decongestant in it is to ask your pharmacist. A good alternative to decongestants are a family of drugs called antihistamines. Antihistamines dry up secretions and help relieve head congestion and coughing, but they can also cause drowsiness, so again it’s best to speak with your pharmacist about what’s would work for you. For headaches, it’s okay to use any of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, such as, naproxen or ibuprofen, but again it’s best to talk with your doctor or pharmacist as to which one is best for you. Regular cough syrups contain a lot of sugar and can be used by those with diabetes, but may cause blood glucose to increase, so sugar-free cough syrup might be a better alternative.

February 19, 2013 at 10:49 am