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If I'm on fluoxetine, what can I take for a bad cough associated with a cold or strep throat?

Medically reviewed by Last updated on April 17, 2019.

I am taking 20mg Prozac. I read that there are severe interactions between fluoxetine and dexmethorophan. What can I take for a really bad cough with a cold?

Official Answer


The cough suppressant dextromethorphan is not advisable in those patients taking fluoxetine (brand name: Prozac)

A nasal decongestant and acetaminophen combination tablet or a nasal decongestant spray may be of benefit, and are safe.

Talk with your pharmacist.

Honey and lemon drinks are good to soothe an irritated throat.
Take a water bottle to bed with you and sip frequently. Try adding an extra pillow.

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