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Are Mucinex DM, probiotics and pseudoephedrine safe to be taken together?

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Posted on Wed, 10 Jun 2020
Question: I was diagnosed with pneumonia 2 weeks ago - lower right lobe - and had a nebulizer treatment and steroid shot in my doctor's office. Then I started antibiotic and oral steroids. Yesterday I finished the antibiotic, had another steroid shot, and started taking a probiotic. Now I am supposed to continue to take Mucinex DM 2x a day, the probiotic 2x a day, 12 hour non-drowsy pseudoephedrine 120 mg 2 times a day, and also use Afrin nasal spray and a sinus rinse. I can't figure out how to coordinate all those meds and haven't been able to reach my doctor today. I took my Armour Thyroid an hour ago. Any suggestions?

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Answered by Dr. Ivo Ditah (27 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
see below!

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thank you so much for this query.

I am so sorry to hear about the difficulties you have with these medications. They are safe to be taken together as there is no possible drug interaction that would prevent absorption from the gut.

For the twice daily, chose morning and evening schedules. You may want to do &am and &pm. Nasal spray and nasal rinse can be applied as many as 4-6times in a day depending on the need. There, feel free to repeat it after 4hours if you feel the need to.

Continue the armor thyroid as prescribed.

I hope this helps. I wish you well. Thanks for using our services and feel free to ask for more information and clarifications if need be.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Ivo Ditah (2 hours later)
Thank you so much for your response!

I'm also supposed to take a Cetrizine HCI USP 10 MG once a day in the morning. It's a 24 hr dose taken in the morning. I have the Kirkland brand which is called ALLER-TEC. I just want to make sure that it is okay also because I left that off the list. Thank you again!
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Answered by Dr. Ivo Ditah (42 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Yes, you can take that as well.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Feel free to take it as well. There is no added risk. I hope you would soon get off these medication and hope you are not taking them for any long term basis.

I wish you well and know you are always welcomed to ask for more help.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Are Mucinex DM, probiotics and pseudoephedrine safe to be taken together?

Brief Answer: see below! Detailed Answer: Hi and thank you so much for this query. I am so sorry to hear about the difficulties you have with these medications. They are safe to be taken together as there is no possible drug interaction that would prevent absorption from the gut. For the twice daily, chose morning and evening schedules. You may want to do &am and &pm. Nasal spray and nasal rinse can be applied as many as 4-6times in a day depending on the need. There, feel free to repeat it after 4hours if you feel the need to. Continue the armor thyroid as prescribed. I hope this helps. I wish you well. Thanks for using our services and feel free to ask for more information and clarifications if need be.