Question for Betty.

I'm taking lorazepam and I wonder what cold/flu remedies are safe to take.

Betty's Answer.

Thank you for asking this timely cold season question.  Even though cold and flu remedies are sold without prescriptions, they can cause adverse reactions in combination with certain prescriptions drugs or with certain health conditions.  It is always important to contact your prescribing health care provider before combining prescriptions and nonprescription drugs.  In store Pharmacists are also a wonderful available resource for questions concerning drug interactions.

In general it is best to use nondrug remedies, such as a saline sinus rinse, increasing fluids, throat lozenges or cough drops and even eating chicken soup, as a first plan of action.  It is best to take noncombination medication remedies, to treat the symptoms that you may have. You can take acetaminophen or ibuprofen, for muscle aches or fever with your lorazepam.  It is also okay to take guaifenesin, an expectorant; dextromethorphane, a cough suppressant; or pseudophedrine or phenylephrine which are decongestants.


Do not combine lorazepam with alcohol or other central nervous system depressants. Certain antihistamines, such as diphenhydramine or chlorpheniramine, may cause excessive drowsiness.  The antihistamines loratadine or cetirizine would be options to take for an excessive, annoying runny nose and sneezing.