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Cold Medicines

06/15/2010

Question:

My daughter loses her voice and wants to know if she can take Theraflu, throat lozengers, and Chloraseptic together?

Answer:

Theraflu may contain an antihistamine, a decongestant, a cough suppressant and acetaminophen for fever. There are several formulations of Theraflu with different combinations of these ingredients. 
 
Theraflu should be compatible with Chloraseptic spray as well as most over-the-counter throat lozenges. Chloraseptic spray contains phenol as the active ingredient. 
 
Avoid using throat lozenges that also contain phenol. Throat lozenges containing menthol can be used with Chloraseptic.

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Response by:

Carmen M Hadley, RPh, CSPI
Former Clinical Instructor
College of Pharmacy
The Ohio State University