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Topic: Cold and Flu Remedies

Hi everyone,

I've only been diagnosed for the past 2 weeks so I'm still getting used to things

As I've been reading through the forums (which are very helpful, thank you all) I've seen it mentioned a few times that people with glaucoma shouldn't take certain cold\flu remedies, decongestents, Lemsips etc. Now that I've been diagnosed, could somebody clarify for me which flu remedies I should no longer take and why?

My wife is currently in bed with a heavy dose of the flu which I fully expect to come my way!!!



Posted : 3 years 7 months ago top

Hello there

Usually you will find instructions on inserts or boxes BUT in doubt ask pharmacist. Have no idea why some are OK and some not.
Most antibiotics are OK and it may be useful to start right away if your wife is so bad - as a precaution.  As an asthmatic that is that route I take to prevent chest infections and hopefully steroids.
Did you have your flu jab?
Anyway maybe you.ll escape just avoid sloppy kissing!

Posted : 3 years 7 months ago top

Hi Bladerunner.

I think it depends on what type of GLaucoma you have. Some medicines say do not use if you have Glaucoma. When I asked my eye Surgeon he said that I could take any cold and flu medicine with my type.  So I think you should ask your Consultant. If you are not due for a visit I have rung his secretary and she has asked about my concerns and got back to me with the answers.

Best Wishes





Posted : 3 years 7 months ago top

Hi Jan,

Thanks for the useful info. I've never actually had the flu jab - not sure if 42 is deemed to young!!!. However, with the fact that certain medicines are now not available to me maybe I need to start to thinking about the flu jab as a preventative measure!!

My wife certainly isn't in the mood for sloppy kissing at the moment :-)

Thanks again,



Posted : 3 years 7 months ago top

Hi Lucy,

To tell you the truth I'm not sure what type of glaucoma I have. Maybe the doctor said when he told me I had glaucoma but I can't remember - it was all a bit of a blur that morning. I know my mum has had open angle for 5 years now so I'm assuming I have that. I'm due to go back at the begining of March. However, I may take up your advice and contact him sooner just to confirm what type I have and what flu medicines I can/cannot take.

Many thanks again for your advice.


Posted : 3 years 7 months ago top

Hi Stephen et al

The general rule of thumb for this minefield of medication, is that if a person has Primary Closed Angle Glaucoma they should take extra care by asking the pharmacist or consultant (or us) about the contraindication with glaucoma drops.  A person is usually okay if they have Primary Open Angle Glaucoma, but really it doesn\'t hurt to ask what type you have, as it saves all the worry about just such a situation as this.  Just because your mother has POAG doesn\'t necessarily mean you will have the same type, so just be aware of that too.

Hope the above is helpful.......



Posted : 3 years 7 months ago top

Hi all,
My eye pressure went really high when I took sudafed, & can\'t take my hayfever meds now for same reason, I have open angle glaucoma, although last time I saw consultant, he said he was \'checking my angles\' to see if they\'re closed?? Anyway, I know for certain I can\'t touch those things. Also, before I knew I had glaucoma, I tried to clear my red eye by putting in those drops that make the eye-whites whiter & I couldn\'t see for the rest of the day! I should have realised then that something was wrong!

Posted : 3 years 7 months ago top

Hi Sightline,

Thanks for the useful information. I certainly need to confirm what type of Glaucoma I have. I can feel a cold coming on in my throat and all I\'m using at the moment are Jakeman\'s Throat & Chest sweets.

Bailey, thanks for your post as well - I don\'t suffer from hayfever so that\'s not an issue for me.

Thanks you both again.


Posted : 3 years 7 months ago top

I did say `no slopping kissing`!

Try gargling with effervescent Vit C and taking it at least once a day.

I take 2 at a time if I feel something coming on - it may help.  Horrible feeling when you know something nasty is on its way. Maybe it will bypass you this time.


Posted : 3 years 7 months ago top

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