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  • Anonymous
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      I think Sudafed is more of a problem for people who are hyperthyroid. Sudafed contains an ingredient called ephidrine (something like that) which is a stimulant, and makes your heart race if you’re already hyper. (Before I was diagnosed with Grave’s, I had an unpleasant experience with an over-the-counter cold med with ephidrine. I was awake and jittery for about 20 hours after taking it. Horrible feeling!)

      My doctor has told me recently not to worry about OTC cold medicines at this point (I’m euthyroid), but I had such a miserable time last time I took cold medicine, that I prefer just to use other things when I have a cold (I find tea, Plain Robitussin cough syrup (Guaifenesin), and Vicks Vap-O-Rub work well for me).

      Regarding echinacea, there was an article in the current Harvard Women’s Health Newsletter (which you can find on the internet) that warns against using echinacea if you have autoimmune disease — so that might apply whether you’re hyper or hypo. The major point of the article, however, was that there’s little uniformity across echinacea and other herbal meds, even within the same brand, and little good research to indicate appropriate doses and effectiveness. Given that, I think it makes sense to stay away from herbal stuff too.

      Anonymous
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        In previous posts I saw mention about Sudafed & Echinacea being ill advised to use. Does this only apply to Graves’ Disease or are these also bad with hypothyroidism?

        Anonymous
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          Hi —

          I was one person who said that taking Sudafed (also Actifed) was ill-advised. This was based my asking my Endo what I should choose for over-the-counter cold/flu remedies if I got sick — I wanted to know in advance what might be good or not good since having GD was very new to me. He said that the above mentioned or any others with ephedrine would not be good since they will act as a stimulant and I obviously don’t need that. I also asked specifically about Nyquil because I have found that to be good for me in the past and he said it would be fine.

          I don’t know this advise is for both hypo AND hyper conditions, but I will stay away from them regardless of my state. Right now I am fighting hyper. But if I were hypo, I wouldn’t want something that might send me the other way temporarily and artificially. There are certainly enough products out there and one just needs to read the ingredients and choose carefully. Luckily I haven’t caught anything yet (where’s some wood to knock on?)

          Sarah

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