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    Old 12-24-2005, 11:44 PM   #1
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    Question Guaifenesin Syrup/Coricidin cold meds ok?

    I have another question and will call the nurses when I get a chance. However everything is pretty much closed do to the holidays so I am in kind of a bind. I feel horrible and can't take any cold meds because of my heart conditon (Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome). Does anyone have any experience with Corcidin cold medication? It has Guaifenesin in it. And what I have looked up online it says to be careful if you have a heart conditon or high blood pressure. BUT Coricidin is made for those with high blood pressure....

     
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    Old 12-25-2005, 03:59 AM   #2
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    Re: Guaifenesin Syrup/Coricidin cold meds ok?

    Guaifenesin is ok to use if you like its effects. Coricidin on the other hand is a rather catch-all term for a whole line of cold medications, some for night time, some for day time, some for cough, some for congestion.
    Make sure you are getting one WITHOUT a decongestant.
    I use guiatuss when I have a bad cough it has guiafenesin and codeine (the very BEST anti cough narcotic.) I wish I could get it WITHOUT the guiafenesin but nobody makes plain codeine syrup and the old codeine terpenhydrate combo which was WONDERFUL just isn't made anymore, alas...It also tasted like a very good GIN!
    Guaifenesin makes me cough more...it's an expectorant, and I don't like the effect one bit.

    Another ingredient that hypertensives can use is chlorpheniramine which is an antihistamine, goof for sneezing and watery eyes...and also another sleep aid.
    "Coricidin HBP Cough and Cold" has two ingredients, dextromethorphan for cough and chlorpheniramine antihistamine...no guaifenesin. The Flu formulation adds acepamenophen (Tylenol.)

    Unfortunately a snuffy nose will have to be borne with stoicism...all the decongestants raise BP a lot. If DESPERATE use nose drops which deliver the medication to the clog is rather than throughout the whole body...but using nothing is the wiser alternative.

    I felt like babbling on about the subject because my other half is coughing up a storm and I am JUST beginning to feel a little "something" in my chest.
    Merry Christmas.

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    Re: Guaifenesin Syrup/Coricidin cold meds ok?

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    I have another question and will call the nurses when I get a chance. However everything is pretty much closed do to the holidays so I am in kind of a bind. I feel horrible and can't take any cold meds because of my heart conditon (Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome). Does anyone have any experience with Corcidin cold medication? It has Guaifenesin in it. And what I have looked up online it says to be careful if you have a heart conditon or high blood pressure. BUT Coricidin is made for those with high blood pressure....
    Is there any health professional that you can contact? Since you have WPWS, what have you taken, safely, in the past to relieve symptoms?

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    Old 12-27-2005, 07:36 AM   #4
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    Re: Guaifenesin Syrup/Coricidin cold meds ok?

    I appreciate the advice. I was just diagnosed recentlly with WPW and in the past took the regular cold medications. I have been just roughing it out. And since I am on vicodin for sciatica common sense tells me not to mix stuff. But I have heard that vicodin is also prescribed as a cough suppresant and so far so good. I haven't been coughing that much.

     
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    Re: Guaifenesin Syrup/Coricidin cold meds ok?

    I have taken Coricidin HBP with no ill effects. I tried taking some cold medicines that I had taken pre-heart condition and I get angina when I take them. I was relieved that I could take the Coricidin without any problem. Definitely get approval from your doctor before you take it though.

     
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