Caught a cold but have PD?

My Dad caught a cold that morphed into a sinus infection this week (of course the week before his golf tournament). He went to the doctor, but the next day he was coughing all the time and almost unable to catch his breath.

Mom went to the pharmacy to get something for the cough, and asked the pharmacist what she should get.

Good thing, because some over-the-counter cough medicines can have BAD reactions with Parkinson’s medication.

If you’re on any medication, it’s probably good to ask your doctor, pharmacist or read the label before popping pills. But here’s what I could find on interactions with PD medications.

It’s Dextromethorphan (often ID’d as DM) — the cough suppressant which is in many cold medications — that’s a bad combo for PD patients. It can be found in: Delsym, Vicks, Robitussin DM, Theraflu, and Triaminic, as well as other generic store brands.

That antihistamine often found in cold meds, is supposedly OK. As is acetaminophen for your pain or fever.

I’m obviously not a doctor. So don’t take my word for it. Ask your friendly pharmacist, or your doctor.

In Dad’s case, the doctor prescribed something for his cough as well as told him to rest and drink fluids. He’s got a lot of work to do with the tournament being next week. So he better get well soon!


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