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Parkinson's Disease

Medicine

11/21/2000

Question:

What should I take for allergies and colds? I am taking sinemet CR.

Answer:

Most OTC cold medications have a potential to interact with Sinemet causing elevation of blood pressure. While uncommon, this can be dangerous. For my own patients I recommend nasal sprays rather than tablets. For the allergy itself, Benadryl alone or drugs like Claritin can be taken.

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Response by:

Arif Dalvi, MD
Assistant Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati